Re: [PATCH 2/2] remoteproc: imx_dsp_rproc: add module parameter to ignore ready flag from remote processor

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On 7/19/2023 6:47 PM, Mathieu Poirier wrote:
On Tue, Jul 18, 2023 at 07:44:49PM +0300, Iuliana Prodan wrote:
On 7/18/2023 6:48 PM, Mathieu Poirier wrote:
On Tue, Jul 18, 2023 at 11:30:43AM +0300, Iuliana Prodan wrote:
Hi Mathieu,

On 7/17/2023 8:34 PM, Mathieu Poirier wrote:
Hi Iuliana,

On Thu, Jul 13, 2023 at 01:42:51AM +0300, Iuliana Prodan (OSS) wrote:
From: Iuliana Prodan <iuliana.prodan@xxxxxxx>

There are cases when we want to test samples that do not
reply with FW READY message, after fw is loaded and the
remote processor started.
This seems like a bug to me - where is this FW comes from?
The firmware is a generic sample from Zephyr repo:

There is no bug, this is how the application was written.
But how did it ever worked before?
It never worked on this kind of samples (and it was never tested like this).
We used only applications written by us (NXP) with the
requirements/limitations we know we have.
Now, we want to use also generic firmware/samples (from Zephyr) and we face
other kind of limitations.

Right, we can't expect firmware written for a totally different OS to work out
of the box on Linux, and vice versa.

   And how does having a module flag to
characterize each FW implementation that springs up in the field can scale (and
be maintainable)?
I believe the FW_READY reply is a limitation introduced by imx_dsp_rproc.
We cannot expect all firmware to give a FW_READY reply.
So, to keep both usecases (internal firmware and generic sample) I added
this flag.

What happens when a third, fourth and fifth protocol variation get introduced?
Adding flags just doesn't scale.

Rather than modifying a generic sample for i.MX usecase, I prefer doing an
"insmod imx_dsp_rproc.ko ignore_dsp_ready=1" just for this sample.
We already have a "no_mailbox" flag for cases where the FW doesn't need to
communicate with the main processor.
"no_mailbox" - no IPC between cores;
"ignore_dsp_ready" - we have IPC between cores, but the remote processor
doesn't send a fw_ready reply
These two can be combine, but for "no_mailbox" will do some useless memory

When I added the "no_mailbox" flag, the problem was still FW_READY.
   What happens when some FW implementation
requires a three-way handshake?  How many flags do we spin off?

As I said above this approach is not sustainable.  I suggest to either fix the
FW (it doesn't work with upstream in its present form anyway) or start using the
config space as described here [1] to dynamically probe the characteristics of
the FW being loaded.  Whichever option you chose, the FW needs to be updated and
the former is a lot more simple.
I don't think I can modify a generic sample, used on other targets to send a
FW_READY reply.
How will it be handled on other platforms, if their *_rproc are not
expecting this kind of message?

The only way forward is to come up with a standard specification to describe the
protocol to use, the same way it is done for virtIO for example.

But why was this FW_READY added in the first place?
@S.J, can you, please, help here?
What is the use case for this custom message?

My proposal is to remove this reply.
This was added for a custom firmware/sample, that is not publicly accessible  - S.J, please correct me if I'm wrong. Also, for imx_rproc (used for M4 or M7 secondary core) we don't have this FW_READY reply.





In these cases, do not wait for a confirmation from the remote processor
at start.

Added "ignore_dsp_ready" flag while inserting the module to ignore
remote processor reply after start.
By default, this is off - do not ignore reply from rproc.

Signed-off-by: Iuliana Prodan <iuliana.prodan@xxxxxxx>

This was discovered while testing openamp_rsc_table sample from Zephyr
repo (

We have IPC, but the remote proc doesn't send a FW_READY reply.
    drivers/remoteproc/imx_dsp_rproc.c | 15 +++++++++++++++
    1 file changed, 15 insertions(+)

diff --git a/drivers/remoteproc/imx_dsp_rproc.c b/drivers/remoteproc/imx_dsp_rproc.c
index b5634507d953..ed89de2f3b98 100644
--- a/drivers/remoteproc/imx_dsp_rproc.c
+++ b/drivers/remoteproc/imx_dsp_rproc.c
@@ -36,7 +36,13 @@ module_param_named(no_mailboxes, no_mailboxes, int, 0644);
    		 "There is no mailbox between cores, so ignore remote proc reply after start, default is 0 (off).");
+static unsigned int imx_dsp_rproc_ignore_ready;
+module_param_named(ignore_dsp_ready, imx_dsp_rproc_ignore_ready, int, 0644);
+		 "Ignore remote proc reply after start, default is 0 (off).");
    #define REMOTE_IS_READY				BIT(0)
    /* att flags */
@@ -296,6 +302,12 @@ static int imx_dsp_rproc_ready(struct rproc *rproc)
    	if (!priv->rxdb_ch)
    		return 0;
+	/*
+	 * FW_READY reply is optional/ignored, so don't wait for it.
+	 */
+	if (priv->flags & REMOTE_IGNORE_READY_REPLY)
+		return 0;
    	for (i = 0; i < REMOTE_READY_WAIT_MAX_RETRIES; i++) {
    		if (priv->flags & REMOTE_IS_READY)
    			return 0;
@@ -1119,6 +1131,9 @@ static int imx_dsp_rproc_probe(struct platform_device *pdev)
    		imx_dsp_rproc_mbox_init = imx_dsp_rproc_mbox_alloc;
+	if (imx_dsp_rproc_ignore_ready)
+		priv->flags |= REMOTE_IGNORE_READY_REPLY;
    	dev_set_drvdata(dev, rproc);
    	INIT_WORK(&priv->rproc_work, imx_dsp_rproc_vq_work);

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