[Intel-gfx] [PATCH 3/5] drm/i915: Delay semaphore submission until the start of the signaler

Chris Wilson chris at chris-wilson.co.uk
Mon Apr 29 18:00:18 UTC 2019

Currently we submit the semaphore busywait as soon as the signaler is
submitted to HW. However, we may submit the signaler as the tail of a
batch of requests, and even not as the first context in the HW list,
i.e. the busywait may start spinning far in advance of the signaler even

If we wait until the request before the signaler is completed before
submitting the busywait, we prevent the busywait from starting too
early, if the signaler is not first in submission port.

To handle the case where the signaler is at the start of the second (or
later) submission port, we will need to delay the execution callback
until we know the context is promoted to port0. A challenge for later.

Signed-off-by: Chris Wilson <chris at chris-wilson.co.uk>
Cc: Tvrtko Ursulin <tvrtko.ursulin at intel.com>
 drivers/gpu/drm/i915/i915_request.c | 19 +++++++++++++++++++
 1 file changed, 19 insertions(+)

diff --git a/drivers/gpu/drm/i915/i915_request.c b/drivers/gpu/drm/i915/i915_request.c
index 2e22da66a56c..8cb3ed5531e3 100644
--- a/drivers/gpu/drm/i915/i915_request.c
+++ b/drivers/gpu/drm/i915/i915_request.c
@@ -770,6 +770,21 @@ i915_request_create(struct intel_context *ce)
 	return rq;
+static int
+i915_request_await_start(struct i915_request *rq, struct i915_request *signal)
+	if (list_is_first(&signal->ring_link, &signal->ring->request_list))
+		return 0;
+	signal = list_prev_entry(signal, ring_link);
+	if (i915_timeline_sync_is_later(rq->timeline, &signal->fence))
+		return 0;
+	return i915_sw_fence_await_dma_fence(&rq->submit,
+					     &signal->fence, 0,
+					     I915_FENCE_GFP);
 static int
 emit_semaphore_wait(struct i915_request *to,
 		    struct i915_request *from,
@@ -788,6 +803,10 @@ emit_semaphore_wait(struct i915_request *to,
 						     &from->fence, 0,
+	err = i915_request_await_start(to, from);
+	if (err < 0)
+		return err;
 	err = i915_sw_fence_await_dma_fence(&to->semaphore,
 					    &from->fence, 0,

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