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Ideas for generic handling of devices

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Proposal 1: Unified API

Chan is an IO channel.

This struct is used in Inferno and has been for a long time; so it works. It's also in the opcodes somewhat like what we did for EMMC on ARM.

struct Dev
	char*	name;
	void	(*reset)(void);
	void	(*init)(void);
	void	(*shutdown)(void);
	Chan*	(*attach)(char*); /* tell the device you want to use it */
	Walkqid*	(*walk)(Chan*, Chan*, char**, int); /* walk to a name in the device's managed name space; return a handle */
	int	(*stat)(Chan*, uchar*, int); // status info
	Chan*	(*open)(Chan*, int); /* get access to a resource in the device name space */
	void	(*close)(Chan*); /* tell it you are done with whatever it is. */
	long	(*read)(Chan*, void*, long, vlong);
	long	(*write)(Chan*, void*, long, vlong);
	void	(*power)(int);	/* power mgt: power(1) ? on, power (0) ? off */


This API is too big and too powerful for the needs of coreboot. It will need to be trimmed to present a coreboot-centric (simpler) interface.


  1. Do we want to expose or hide the block nature of some devces (i.e. force reading multiples of blocksize, or allow reading any number of bytes, with no alignment requirement) ?
  2. How do we connect the dots, such that most of the details can be handled transparently ?
  3. How simple or complex do we want the API to be such that it can work in any stage (including bootblock, assuming some SRAM and a stack are available) ?
  4. Can we integrate this into libpayload such that the same sources can be used for both coreboot and libpayload ?
    • think "Device specfic storage drivers -> [*] Allwinner A10 MMC driver" in libpayload config
  5. More questions coming soon (TM)