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DMOVER(9)			  BSD Kernel Developer's Manual 			DMOVER(9)

     dmover_backend_register, dmover_backend_unregister, dmover_session_create,
     dmover_session_destroy, dmover_request_alloc, dmover_request_free, dmover_process,
     dmover_done -- hardware-assisted data mover interface

     #include <dev/dmover/dmovervar.h>

     Client interface routines:

     dmover_session_create(const char *, struct dmover_session **);

     dmover_session_destroy(struct dmover_session *);

     struct dmover_request *
     dmover_request_alloc(struct dmover_session *, dmover_buffer *);

     dmover_request_free(struct dmover_request *);

     dmover_process(struct dmover_request *);

     Back-end interface routines:

     dmover_backend_register(struct dmover_backend *);

     dmover_backend_unregister(struct dmover_backend *);

     dmover_done(struct dmover_request *);

     The dmover facility provides an interface to hardware-assisted data movers.  This can be
     used to copy data from one location in memory to another, clear a region of memory, fill a
     region of memory with a pattern, and perform simple operations on multiple regions of mem-
     ory, such as an XOR, without intervention by the CPU.

     The drivers for hardware-assisted data movers present themselves to dmover by registering
     their capabilities.  When a client wishes to use a dmover function, it creates a session for
     that function, which identifies back-ends capable of performing that function.  The client
     then enqueues requests on that session, which the back-ends process asynchronously.  The
     client may choose to block until the request is completed, or may have a call-back invoked
     once the request has been completed.

     When a client creates a session, the dmover facility identifies back-ends which are capable
     of handling the requested function.  When a request is scheduled for processing, the dmover
     scheduler will identify the best back-end to process the request from the list of candidate
     back-ends, in an effort to provide load balancing, while considering the relative perfor-
     mance of each back-end.

     A dmover function always has one output region.  A function may have zero or more input
     regions, or may use an immediate value as an input.  For functions which use input regions,
     the lengths of each input region and the output region must be the same.  All dmover func-
     tions with the same name will have the same number of and type inputs.  If a back-end
     attempts to register a function which violates this invariant, behavior is undefined.

     The dmover facility supports several types of buffer descriptors.	For functions which use
     input regions, each input buffer descriptor and the output buffer descriptor must be of the
     same type.  This restriction may be removed in a future revision of the interface.

     The dmover facility may need to interrupt request processing and restart it.  Clients of the
     dmover facility should take care to avoid unwanted side-effects should this occur.  In par-
     ticular, for functions which use input regions, no input region may overlap with the output

     The dmover facility shares several data structures between the client and back-end in order
     to describe sessions and requests.

	   typedef enum {
	   } dmover_buffer_type;

	   typedef struct {
		   void *l_addr;
		   size_t l_len;
	   } dmover_buf_linear;

	   typedef union {
		   dmover_buf_linear dmbuf_linear;
		   struct uio *dmbuf_uio;
	   } dmover_buffer;

     Together, these data types are used to describe buffer data structures which the dmover
     facility understands.  Additional buffer types may be added in future revisions of the
     dmover interface.

     The dmover_assignment structure contains the information about the back-end to which a
     request is currently assigned.  It contains the following public members:

     struct dmover_backend *das_backend
	   This is a pointer to the back-end.

     const struct dmover_algdesc *das_algdesc
	   This is a pointer to the algorithm description provided by the back-end for the
	   request's function.

     The dmover_session structure contains the following public members:

     void *dses_cookie
	   This is a pointer to client private data.

     int dses_ninputs
	   This is the number of inputs used by the selected function.

     The dmover_request structure contains the following public members:

     TAILQ_ENTRY(dmover_request) dreq_dmbq
	   Linkage on the back-end's queue of pending requests.

     struct dmover_session *dreq_session
	   Pointer to the session with which this request is associated.  This is intended for
	   use by the back-end.

     struct dmover_assignment *dreq_assignment
	   Pointer to the dmover_assignment structure which describes the back-end to which the
	   request is currently assigned.  The back-end is assigned when the request is scheduled
	   with dmover_process().

     void (*dreq_callback)(struct dmover_request *)
	   This is a pointer to an optional call-back function provided by the client.	If pro-
	   vided, the call-back is invoked when the request is complete.  This field must be NULL
	   if DMOVER_REQ_WAIT is set in dreq_flags.

     void *dreq_cookie
	   This is a pointer to client private data specific to the request.

     void *dreq_dmbcookie
	   This is a pointer to back-end private data, for use while the back-end is actively
	   processing a request.

     volatile int dreq_flags
	   The following flags are defined:

	   DMOVER_REQ_DONE	 The request has been completed.  If not using a call-back, the
				 client may poll this bit to determine if a request has been pro-

	   DMOVER_REQ_ERROR	 An error has occurred while processing the request.

	   DMOVER_REQ_RUNNING	 The request is currently being executed by the back-end.  Once a
				 command is running, it cannot be cancelled, and must run to com-

	   DMOVER_REQ_WAIT	 If set by the client, dmover_process() will wait for the request
				 to complete using cv_wait(9).	This flag may only be used if the
				 caller has a valid thread context.  If this flag is set, a call-
				 back may not be used.

     int dreq_error
	   If the DMOVER_REQ_ERROR bit is set, this contains the errno(2) value indicating the
	   error that occurred during processing.

     dmover_buffer_type dreq_outbuf_type
	   The type of the output buffer.

     dmover_buffer dreq_outbuf
	   The output buffer.

     uint8_t dreq_immediate[8]
	   This is the input for algorithms which use an immediate value.  Values smaller than 8
	   bytes should use the least-significant bytes first.	For example, a 32-bit integer
	   would occupy bytes 0, 1, 2, and 3.

     dmover_buffer_type dreq_inbuf_type
	   The type of the input buffer.  This is only used if the dmover function has one or
	   more inputs.

     dmover_buffer *dreq_inbuf
	   A pointer to an array of input buffers.  This is only used if the dmover function has
	   one or more inputs.	The number of inputs, and thus the number of valid elements in
	   the array, is specified by the algorithm description for the session.

     The following functions are provided to the client:

     dmover_session_create(function, sessionp)

	   The dmover_session_create() function creates a data mover session for the specified
	   data movement function function.  A handle to the new session is returned in sessionp.

	   The following are valid data movement function names:

		    Fill a memory region with zeros.  This algorithm has an input count of 0.

		    Fill a memory region with an 8-bit pattern.  This algorithm has an input
		    count of 0.  The pattern is provided in the dreq_imm8 member of the
		    dmover_request structure.

		    Copy a memory region from one location to another.	This algorithm has an
		    input count of 1.

		    Perform an XOR operation on 2 inputs.  This algorithm has an input count of

		    Perform an XOR operation on 3 inputs.  This algorithm has an input count of

		    Perform an XOR operation on 4 inputs.  This algorithm has an input count of

		    Perform an XOR operation on 5 inputs.  This algorithm has an input count of

		    Perform an XOR operation on 6 inputs.  This algorithm has an input count of

		    Perform an XOR operation on 7 inputs.  This algorithm has an input count of

		    Perform an XOR operation on 8 inputs.  This algorithm has an input count of

	   Users of the dmover facility are encouraged to use the following aliases for the well-
	   known function names, as doing so saves space and reduces the chance of programming

	   DMOVER_FUNC_ZERO	 ``zero'' (dmover_funcname_zero)

	   DMOVER_FUNC_FILL8	 ``fill8'' (dmover_funcname_fill8)

	   DMOVER_FUNC_COPY	 ``copy'' (dmover_funcname_copy)

	   DMOVER_FUNC_XOR2	 ``xor2'' (dmover_funcname_xor2)

	   DMOVER_FUNC_XOR3	 ``xor3'' (dmover_funcname_xor3)

	   DMOVER_FUNC_XOR4	 ``xor4'' (dmover_funcname_xor4)

	   DMOVER_FUNC_XOR5	 ``xor5'' (dmover_funcname_xor5)

	   DMOVER_FUNC_XOR6	 ``xor6'' (dmover_funcname_xor6)

	   DMOVER_FUNC_XOR7	 ``xor7'' (dmover_funcname_xor7)

	   DMOVER_FUNC_XOR8	 ``xor8'' (dmover_funcname_xor8)


	   The dmover_session_destroy() function tears down a data mover session and releases all
	   resources associated with it.

     dmover_request_alloc(session, inbuf)

	   The dmover_request_alloc() function allocates a dmover request structure and asso-
	   ciates it with the specified session.  If the inbuf argument is not NULL, inbuf is
	   used as the array of input buffer descriptors in the request.  Otherwise, if inbuf is
	   NULL and the dmover function requires input buffers, the input buffer descriptors will
	   be allocated automatically using malloc(9).

	   If the request structure or input buffer descriptors cannot be allocated,
	   dmover_request_alloc() return NULL to indicate failure.


	   The dmover_request_free() function frees a dmover request structure.  If the dmover
	   function requires input buffers, and the input buffer descriptors associated with req
	   were allocated by dmover_request_alloc(), then the input buffer descriptors will also
	   be freed.


	   The dmover_process() function submits the dmover request req for processing.  The
	   call-back specified by the request is invoked when processing is complete.

     The dmover_session_create() and dmover_session_destroy() functions must not be called from
     interrupt context.

     The dmover_request_alloc(), dmover_request_free(), and dmover_process() functions may be
     called from interrupt handlers at levels IPL_VM, IPL_SOFTCLOCK, and IPL_SOFTNET, or in non-
     interrupt context.

     The request completion call-back is called from a software interrupt handler at

     A back-end describes the dmover functions it can perform using an array of dmover_algdesc

	   struct dmover_algdesc {
		   const char *dad_name;   /* algorithm name */
		   void *dad_data;	   /* opaque algorithm description */
		   int dad_ninputs;	   /* number of inputs */

     The dad_name member points to a valid dmover function name which the client may specify.
     The dad_data member points to a back-end-specific description of the algorithm.

     A back-end presents itself to the dmover facility using the dmover_backend structure.  The
     back-end must initialize the following members of the structure:

     const char *dmb_name
	   This is the name of the back-end.

     u_int dmb_speed
	   This is an estimate of the number of kilobytes/second that the back-end can process.

     void *dmb_cookie
	   This is a pointer to back-end private data.

     const struct dmover_algdesc *dmb_algdescs
	   This points to an array of dmover_algdesc structures which describe the functions the
	   data mover can perform.

     int dmb_nalgdescs
	   This is the number of elements in the dmb_algdescs array.

     void (*dmb_process)(struct dmover_backend *)
	   This is the entry point to the back-end used to process requests.

     When invoked by the dmover facility, the back-end's (*dmb_process)() function should examine
     the pending request queue in its dmover_backend structure:

     TAILQ_HEAD(, dmover_request) dmb_pendreqs
	   This is the queue of pending requests.

     int dmb_npendreqs
	   This is the number of requests in the dmb_pendreqs queue.

     If an error occurs when processing the request, the DMOVER_REQ_ERROR bit must be set in the
     dreq_flags member of the request, and the dreq_error member set to an errno(2) value to
     indicate the error.

     When the back-end has finished processing the request, it must call the dmover_done() func-
     tion.  This function eventually invokes the client's call-back routine.

     If a hardware-assisted data mover uses interrupts, the interrupt handlers should be regis-
     tered at IPL_VM.

     The following functions are provided to the back-ends:


	   The dmover_backend_register() function registers the back-end backend with the dmover


	   The dmover_backend_unregister() function removes the back-end backend from the dmover
	   facility.  The back-end must already be registered.


	   The dmover_done() function is called by the back-end when it has finished processing a
	   request, whether the request completed successfully or not.

     The dmover_backend_register() and dmover_backend_unregister() functions must not be called
     from interrupt context.

     The dmover_done() function may be called at IPL_VM, IPL_SOFTCLOCK, IPL_SOFTNET, or in non-
     interrupt context.

     The following is an example of a client using dmover to zero-fill a region of memory.  In
     this example, the CPU will be able to context switch to another thread and perform work
     while the hardware-assisted data mover clears the specified block of memory.

     hw_bzero(void *buf, size_t len)
	     struct dmover_session *dses;
	     struct dmover_request *dreq;
	     int error;

	     error = dmover_session_create(DMOVER_FUNC_ZERO, &dses);
	     if (error)
		     return (error);

	     dreq = dmover_request_alloc(dses, NULL);
	     if (dreq == NULL) {
		     return (ENOMEM);

	     dreq->dreq_flags = DMOVER_REQ_WAIT;
	     dreq->dreq_callback = NULL;
	     dreq->dreq_outbuf.dreq_outbuf_type = DMOVER_BUF_LINEAR;
	     dreq->dreq_outbuf.dmbuf_linear.l_addr = buf;
	     dreq->dreq_outbuf.dmbuf_linear.l_len = len;


	     error = (dreq->dreq_flags & DMOVER_REQ_ERROR) ?
		 dreq->dreq_error : 0;


	     return (error);

     queue(3), dmoverio(4)

     The dmover facility first appeared in NetBSD 2.0.

     The dmover facility was designed and implemented by Jason R. Thorpe
     <thorpej@wasabisystems.com> and contributed by Wasabi Systems, Inc.

     The mechanism by which a back-end should advertise its performance to the request scheduler
     is not well-defined.  Therefore, the load-balancing mechanism within the request scheduler
     is also not well-defined.

BSD					 December 4, 2007				      BSD

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