OPAL Flash calls¶
There are three OPAL calls for interacting with flash devices:
#define OPAL_FLASH_READ 110 #define OPAL_FLASH_WRITE 111 #define OPAL_FLASH_ERASE 112
Multiple flash devices are supported by OPAL - each of these calls takes an id
parameter, which must match an ID found in the corresponding
device tree node. See ibm,opal/flash device tree entries for details of
the device tree bindings.
All operations on the flash device must be aligned to the block size of the flash. This applies to both offset and size arguments.
This interface is asynchronous; all calls require a ‘token’ argument. On success, the calls will return OPAL_ASYNC_COMPLETION, and an opal_async_completion message will be sent (with the appropriate token argument) when the operation completes.
These calls can have higher than normal latency, spending many milliseconds inside OPAL. This is due to the OPAL_FLASH_* calls typically being backed by flash on the other side of the LPC bus, which has a maximum transfer rate of 5MB/sec, or to/from flash attached to the ast2400/ast2500 (the typical setup for OpenPOWER systems) of only 1.75MB/sec.
All calls share the same return values:
operation started, an async completion will be triggered with the
invalid flash id
invalid size or offset (alignment, or access beyond end of device)
flash in use
error accessing flash device
#define OPAL_FLASH_READ 110 int64_t opal_flash_read(uint64_t id, uint64_t offset, uint64_t buf, uint64_t size, uint64_t token);
Reads from the specified flash id, at the specified offset, into the buffer. Will trigger an async completion with token when completed.
#define OPAL_FLASH_ERASE 112 int64_t opal_flash_erase(uint64_t id, uint64_t offset, uint64_t size, uint64_t token);
Erases the specified flash id, at the specified offset and size. Will trigger an async completion with token when completed.
#define OPAL_FLASH_WRITE 111 int64_t opal_flash_write(uint64_t id, uint64_t offset, uint64_t buf, uint64_t size, uint64_t token);
Writes buffer to the specified flash id, at the specified offset and size. The flash must be erased before being written. Will trigger an async completion with token when completed.