sata_mv query

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Mark Lord Aug. 7, 2012, 6:17 p.m.
On 12-08-07 01:16 PM, Mark Lord wrote:
> mv_wait_for_edma_empty_idle() is called from mv_stop_edma(),
> which happens whenever we transition between sending NCQ commands
> (eg. read/write) and non-NCQ commands (eg. flush cache).
> The mv_qc_defer() function is supposed to ensure that things are
> more or less idle before it even gets to mv_stop_edma().
> So we'd expect the mv_wait_for_edma_empty_idle() function to be quick,
> which is a big part of why we're willing to tolerate an inline busy-wait.
> But here it seems to be waiting MUCH longer, as if it has to wait for
> some IO-in-progress to complete before continuing.  Which means that
> the mv_qc_defer() function isn't being as effective as it should be.
> The idea is, before any new command is queued, libata invokes the defer
> function to see if the driver is ready to accept the new command.
> The sata_mv driver normally says "yes" (go ahead) for a new NCQ command
> whenever it currently has existing NCQ commands in-flight.
> Otherwise it always says "no" (please defer) unless completely idle.
> That's how mv_qc_defer() is supposed to work, and that should minimize
> the time spent inside mv_wait_for_edma_empty_idle() by ensuring the
> edma engine is already idle whenever that gets called.

Say, here's a thought:  We could get rid of (or relocate to upper layers)
the busy-wait by having something similar get called from ata_qc_defer().

If you are feeling adventurous, here is a 100% untested patch to do just that.
It looks correct to me, it compiles, but that's all I can say.

The attached copy is the better one to use -- my mailer mangles inline patches.


--- linux-3.4.4/drivers/ata/sata_mv.c	2012-06-22 14:37:50.000000000 -0400
+++ linux/drivers/ata/sata_mv.c	2012-08-07 14:14:43.554503157 -0400
@@ -1388,6 +1388,17 @@ 
+static int mv_check_for_edma_empty_idle(struct ata_port *ap)
+	void __iomem *port_mmio = mv_ap_base(ap);
+	const u32 empty_idle = (EDMA_STATUS_CACHE_EMPTY | EDMA_STATUS_IDLE);
+	u32 edma_stat = readl(port_mmio + EDMA_STATUS);
+	if ((edma_stat & empty_idle) == empty_idle)
+		return ATA_DEFER_PORT;
+	return 0;
 static int mv_qc_defer(struct ata_queued_cmd *qc)
 	struct ata_link *link = qc->dev->link;
@@ -1423,7 +1434,7 @@ 
 	 * If the port is completely idle, then allow the new qc.
 	if (ap->nr_active_links == 0)
-		return 0;
+		return mv_check_for_edma_empty_idle(ap);
 	 * The port is operating in host queuing mode (EDMA) with NCQ