Re: [RFC] I/O Access Abstractions

From: Benjamin Herrenschmidt (
Date: Tue Jul 03 2001 - 09:38:02 EST

>> I'm more concerned about having all that space mapped permanently in
>> kernel virtual space. I'd prefer mapping on-demand, and that would
>> require a specific ioremap for IOs.
>I have no problem with the idea of a function to indicate which I/O maps you
>are and are not using. But passing resource structs around is way too heavy

Too heavy for inx/outx, I agree, but why too heavy to ioremap ? That would
make a clean abstract implementation, with a semantic like "prepare this
resource for use by the driver". A kind of generic ioremap for IOs, resources,
and whatever another bus type may want to define, returning a token that is
to be passed to readx/writex in all cases but PIO, where it's passed to
inx/outx. That souds to me like the most flexible mecanism, and the small
bit of overhead of passing the resource pointer is done _once_, usually
at driver init.

Something like

   iomap_resource(struct resource *);
   iounmap_resource(struct resource *);

Eventually, we can have it more fine grained in case where the driver don't
need the entire resource (maybe useful for framebuffers exporting very large
double-endian apertures where only one half is needed).

   iomap_resource(struct resource *, unsigned long offset, unsigned long
   iounmap_resource(struct resource *, unsigned long offset, unsigned
long size);
The implementation would just call ioremap/iounmap for memory type resources,
and the identity for IO resources on x86. Other archs can then play whatever
tricks, like placing cookies in there.

One thing I have in mind here is the ability for things like embedded that
can have weird bus types, to have additional flags in the resources taken
into account by iomap/unmap to locate the proper bus, or build the proper
cookie that will be used by inx/outx, or define some access attributes
depending on other resource flags (write combine ?).


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