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   1                          The Linux RapidIO Subsystem
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   4
   5The RapidIO standard is a packet-based fabric interconnect standard designed for
   6use in embedded systems. Development of the RapidIO standard is directed by the
   7RapidIO Trade Association (RTA). The current version of the RapidIO specification
   8is publicly available for download from the RTA web-site [1].
   9
  10This document describes the basics of the Linux RapidIO subsystem and provides
  11information on its major components.
  12
  131 Overview
  14----------
  15
  16Because the RapidIO subsystem follows the Linux device model it is integrated
  17into the kernel similarly to other buses by defining RapidIO-specific device and
  18bus types and registering them within the device model.
  19
  20The Linux RapidIO subsystem is architecture independent and therefore defines
  21architecture-specific interfaces that provide support for common RapidIO
  22subsystem operations.
  23
  242. Core Components
  25------------------
  26
  27A typical RapidIO network is a combination of endpoints and switches.
  28Each of these components is represented in the subsystem by an associated data
  29structure. The core logical components of the RapidIO subsystem are defined
  30in include/linux/rio.h file.
  31
  322.1 Master Port
  33
  34A master port (or mport) is a RapidIO interface controller that is local to the
  35processor executing the Linux code. A master port generates and receives RapidIO
  36packets (transactions). In the RapidIO subsystem each master port is represented
  37by a rio_mport data structure. This structure contains master port specific
  38resources such as mailboxes and doorbells. The rio_mport also includes a unique
  39host device ID that is valid when a master port is configured as an enumerating
  40host.
  41
  42RapidIO master ports are serviced by subsystem specific mport device drivers
  43that provide functionality defined for this subsystem. To provide a hardware
  44independent interface for RapidIO subsystem operations, rio_mport structure
  45includes rio_ops data structure which contains pointers to hardware specific
  46implementations of RapidIO functions.
  47
  482.2 Device
  49
  50A RapidIO device is any endpoint (other than mport) or switch in the network.
  51All devices are presented in the RapidIO subsystem by corresponding rio_dev data
  52structure. Devices form one global device list and per-network device lists
  53(depending on number of available mports and networks).
  54
  552.3 Switch
  56
  57A RapidIO switch is a special class of device that routes packets between its
  58ports towards their final destination. The packet destination port within a
  59switch is defined by an internal routing table. A switch is presented in the
  60RapidIO subsystem by rio_dev data structure expanded by additional rio_switch
  61data structure, which contains switch specific information such as copy of the
  62routing table and pointers to switch specific functions.
  63
  64The RapidIO subsystem defines the format and initialization method for subsystem
  65specific switch drivers that are designed to provide hardware-specific
  66implementation of common switch management routines.
  67
  682.4 Network
  69
  70A RapidIO network is a combination of interconnected endpoint and switch devices.
  71Each RapidIO network known to the system is represented by corresponding rio_net
  72data structure. This structure includes lists of all devices and local master
  73ports that form the same network. It also contains a pointer to the default
  74master port that is used to communicate with devices within the network.
  75
  762.5 Device Drivers
  77
  78RapidIO device-specific drivers follow Linux Kernel Driver Model and are
  79intended to support specific RapidIO devices attached to the RapidIO network.
  80
  812.6 Subsystem Interfaces
  82
  83RapidIO interconnect specification defines features that may be used to provide
  84one or more common service layers for all participating RapidIO devices. These
  85common services may act separately from device-specific drivers or be used by
  86device-specific drivers. Example of such service provider is the RIONET driver
  87which implements Ethernet-over-RapidIO interface. Because only one driver can be
  88registered for a device, all common RapidIO services have to be registered as
  89subsystem interfaces. This allows to have multiple common services attached to
  90the same device without blocking attachment of a device-specific driver.
  91
  923. Subsystem Initialization
  93---------------------------
  94
  95In order to initialize the RapidIO subsystem, a platform must initialize and
  96register at least one master port within the RapidIO network. To register mport
  97within the subsystem controller driver's initialization code calls function
  98rio_register_mport() for each available master port.
  99
 100After all active master ports are registered with a RapidIO subsystem,
 101an enumeration and/or discovery routine may be called automatically or
 102by user-space command.
 103
 104RapidIO subsystem can be configured to be built as a statically linked or
 105modular component of the kernel (see details below).
 106
 1074. Enumeration and Discovery
 108----------------------------
 109
 1104.1 Overview
 111------------
 112
 113RapidIO subsystem configuration options allow users to build enumeration and
 114discovery methods as statically linked components or loadable modules.
 115An enumeration/discovery method implementation and available input parameters
 116define how any given method can be attached to available RapidIO mports:
 117simply to all available mports OR individually to the specified mport device.
 118
 119Depending on selected enumeration/discovery build configuration, there are
 120several methods to initiate an enumeration and/or discovery process:
 121
 122  (a) Statically linked enumeration and discovery process can be started
 123  automatically during kernel initialization time using corresponding module
 124  parameters. This was the original method used since introduction of RapidIO
 125  subsystem. Now this method relies on enumerator module parameter which is
 126  'rio-scan.scan' for existing basic enumeration/discovery method.
 127  When automatic start of enumeration/discovery is used a user has to ensure
 128  that all discovering endpoints are started before the enumerating endpoint
 129  and are waiting for enumeration to be completed.
 130  Configuration option CONFIG_RAPIDIO_DISC_TIMEOUT defines time that discovering
 131  endpoint waits for enumeration to be completed. If the specified timeout
 132  expires the discovery process is terminated without obtaining RapidIO network
 133  information. NOTE: a timed out discovery process may be restarted later using
 134  a user-space command as it is described below (if the given endpoint was
 135  enumerated successfully).
 136
 137  (b) Statically linked enumeration and discovery process can be started by
 138  a command from user space. This initiation method provides more flexibility
 139  for a system startup compared to the option (a) above. After all participating
 140  endpoints have been successfully booted, an enumeration process shall be
 141  started first by issuing a user-space command, after an enumeration is
 142  completed a discovery process can be started on all remaining endpoints.
 143
 144  (c) Modular enumeration and discovery process can be started by a command from
 145  user space. After an enumeration/discovery module is loaded, a network scan
 146  process can be started by issuing a user-space command.
 147  Similar to the option (b) above, an enumerator has to be started first.
 148
 149  (d) Modular enumeration and discovery process can be started by a module
 150  initialization routine. In this case an enumerating module shall be loaded
 151  first.
 152
 153When a network scan process is started it calls an enumeration or discovery
 154routine depending on the configured role of a master port: host or agent.
 155
 156Enumeration is performed by a master port if it is configured as a host port by
 157assigning a host destination ID greater than or equal to zero. The host
 158destination ID can be assigned to a master port using various methods depending
 159on RapidIO subsystem build configuration:
 160
 161  (a) For a statically linked RapidIO subsystem core use command line parameter
 162  "rapidio.hdid=" with a list of destination ID assignments in order of mport
 163  device registration. For example, in a system with two RapidIO controllers
 164  the command line parameter "rapidio.hdid=-1,7" will result in assignment of
 165  the host destination ID=7 to the second RapidIO controller, while the first
 166  one will be assigned destination ID=-1.
 167
 168  (b) If the RapidIO subsystem core is built as a loadable module, in addition
 169  to the method shown above, the host destination ID(s) can be specified using
 170  traditional methods of passing module parameter "hdid=" during its loading:
 171  - from command line: "modprobe rapidio hdid=-1,7", or
 172  - from modprobe configuration file using configuration command "options",
 173    like in this example: "options rapidio hdid=-1,7". An example of modprobe
 174    configuration file is provided in the section below.
 175
 176  NOTES:
 177  (i) if "hdid=" parameter is omitted all available mport will be assigned
 178  destination ID = -1;
 179  (ii) the "hdid=" parameter in systems with multiple mports can have
 180  destination ID assignments omitted from the end of list (default = -1).
 181
 182If the host device ID for a specific master port is set to -1, the discovery
 183process will be performed for it.
 184
 185The enumeration and discovery routines use RapidIO maintenance transactions
 186to access the configuration space of devices.
 187
 188NOTE: If RapidIO switch-specific device drivers are built as loadable modules
 189they must be loaded before enumeration/discovery process starts.
 190This requirement is cased by the fact that enumeration/discovery methods invoke
 191vendor-specific callbacks on early stages.
 192
 1934.2 Automatic Start of Enumeration and Discovery
 194------------------------------------------------
 195
 196Automatic enumeration/discovery start method is applicable only to built-in
 197enumeration/discovery RapidIO configuration selection. To enable automatic
 198enumeration/discovery start by existing basic enumerator method set use boot
 199command line parameter "rio-scan.scan=1".
 200
 201This configuration requires synchronized start of all RapidIO endpoints that
 202form a network which will be enumerated/discovered. Discovering endpoints have
 203to be started before an enumeration starts to ensure that all RapidIO
 204controllers have been initialized and are ready to be discovered. Configuration
 205parameter CONFIG_RAPIDIO_DISC_TIMEOUT defines time (in seconds) which
 206a discovering endpoint will wait for enumeration to be completed.
 207
 208When automatic enumeration/discovery start is selected, basic method's
 209initialization routine calls rio_init_mports() to perform enumeration or
 210discovery for all known mport devices.
 211
 212Depending on RapidIO network size and configuration this automatic
 213enumeration/discovery start method may be difficult to use due to the
 214requirement for synchronized start of all endpoints.
 215
 2164.3 User-space Start of Enumeration and Discovery
 217-------------------------------------------------
 218
 219User-space start of enumeration and discovery can be used with built-in and
 220modular build configurations. For user-space controlled start RapidIO subsystem
 221creates the sysfs write-only attribute file '/sys/bus/rapidio/scan'. To initiate
 222an enumeration or discovery process on specific mport device, a user needs to
 223write mport_ID (not RapidIO destination ID) into that file. The mport_ID is a
 224sequential number (0 ... RIO_MAX_MPORTS) assigned during mport device
 225registration. For example for machine with single RapidIO controller, mport_ID
 226for that controller always will be 0.
 227
 228To initiate RapidIO enumeration/discovery on all available mports a user may
 229write '-1' (or RIO_MPORT_ANY) into the scan attribute file.
 230
 2314.4 Basic Enumeration Method
 232----------------------------
 233
 234This is an original enumeration/discovery method which is available since
 235first release of RapidIO subsystem code. The enumeration process is
 236implemented according to the enumeration algorithm outlined in the RapidIO
 237Interconnect Specification: Annex I [1].
 238
 239This method can be configured as statically linked or loadable module.
 240The method's single parameter "scan" allows to trigger the enumeration/discovery
 241process from module initialization routine.
 242
 243This enumeration/discovery method can be started only once and does not support
 244unloading if it is built as a module.
 245
 246The enumeration process traverses the network using a recursive depth-first
 247algorithm. When a new device is found, the enumerator takes ownership of that
 248device by writing into the Host Device ID Lock CSR. It does this to ensure that
 249the enumerator has exclusive right to enumerate the device. If device ownership
 250is successfully acquired, the enumerator allocates a new rio_dev structure and
 251initializes it according to device capabilities.
 252
 253If the device is an endpoint, a unique device ID is assigned to it and its value
 254is written into the device's Base Device ID CSR.
 255
 256If the device is a switch, the enumerator allocates an additional rio_switch
 257structure to store switch specific information. Then the switch's vendor ID and
 258device ID are queried against a table of known RapidIO switches. Each switch
 259table entry contains a pointer to a switch-specific initialization routine that
 260initializes pointers to the rest of switch specific operations, and performs
 261hardware initialization if necessary. A RapidIO switch does not have a unique
 262device ID; it relies on hopcount and routing for device ID of an attached
 263endpoint if access to its configuration registers is required. If a switch (or
 264chain of switches) does not have any endpoint (except enumerator) attached to
 265it, a fake device ID will be assigned to configure a route to that switch.
 266In the case of a chain of switches without endpoint, one fake device ID is used
 267to configure a route through the entire chain and switches are differentiated by
 268their hopcount value.
 269
 270For both endpoints and switches the enumerator writes a unique component tag
 271into device's Component Tag CSR. That unique value is used by the error
 272management notification mechanism to identify a device that is reporting an
 273error management event.
 274
 275Enumeration beyond a switch is completed by iterating over each active egress
 276port of that switch. For each active link, a route to a default device ID
 277(0xFF for 8-bit systems and 0xFFFF for 16-bit systems) is temporarily written
 278into the routing table. The algorithm recurs by calling itself with hopcount + 1
 279and the default device ID in order to access the device on the active port.
 280
 281After the host has completed enumeration of the entire network it releases
 282devices by clearing device ID locks (calls rio_clear_locks()). For each endpoint
 283in the system, it sets the Discovered bit in the Port General Control CSR
 284to indicate that enumeration is completed and agents are allowed to execute
 285passive discovery of the network.
 286
 287The discovery process is performed by agents and is similar to the enumeration
 288process that is described above. However, the discovery process is performed
 289without changes to the existing routing because agents only gather information
 290about RapidIO network structure and are building an internal map of discovered
 291devices. This way each Linux-based component of the RapidIO subsystem has
 292a complete view of the network. The discovery process can be performed
 293simultaneously by several agents. After initializing its RapidIO master port
 294each agent waits for enumeration completion by the host for the configured wait
 295time period. If this wait time period expires before enumeration is completed,
 296an agent skips RapidIO discovery and continues with remaining kernel
 297initialization.
 298
 2994.5 Adding New Enumeration/Discovery Method
 300-------------------------------------------
 301
 302RapidIO subsystem code organization allows addition of new enumeration/discovery
 303methods as new configuration options without significant impact to to the core
 304RapidIO code.
 305
 306A new enumeration/discovery method has to be attached to one or more mport
 307devices before an enumeration/discovery process can be started. Normally,
 308method's module initialization routine calls rio_register_scan() to attach
 309an enumerator to a specified mport device (or devices). The basic enumerator
 310implementation demonstrates this process.
 311
 3124.6 Using Loadable RapidIO Switch Drivers
 313-----------------------------------------
 314
 315In the case when RapidIO switch drivers are built as loadable modules a user
 316must ensure that they are loaded before the enumeration/discovery starts.
 317This process can be automated by specifying pre- or post- dependencies in the
 318RapidIO-specific modprobe configuration file as shown in the example below.
 319
 320  File /etc/modprobe.d/rapidio.conf:
 321  ----------------------------------
 322
 323  # Configure RapidIO subsystem modules
 324
 325  # Set enumerator host destination ID (overrides kernel command line option)
 326  options rapidio hdid=-1,2
 327
 328  # Load RapidIO switch drivers immediately after rapidio core module was loaded
 329  softdep rapidio post: idt_gen2 idtcps tsi57x
 330
 331  # OR :
 332
 333  # Load RapidIO switch drivers just before rio-scan enumerator module is loaded
 334  softdep rio-scan pre: idt_gen2 idtcps tsi57x
 335
 336  --------------------------
 337
 338NOTE: In the example above, one of "softdep" commands must be removed or
 339commented out to keep required module loading sequence.
 340
 341A. References
 342-------------
 343
 344[1] RapidIO Trade Association. RapidIO Interconnect Specifications.
 345    http://www.rapidio.org.
 346[2] Rapidio TA. Technology Comparisons.
 347    http://www.rapidio.org/education/technology_comparisons/
 348[3] RapidIO support for Linux.
 349    http://lwn.net/Articles/139118/
 350[4] Matt Porter. RapidIO for Linux. Ottawa Linux Symposium, 2005
 351    http://www.kernel.org/doc/ols/2005/ols2005v2-pages-43-56.pdf
 352