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Date:	Wed, 19 Dec 2012 13:06:54 -0800
From:	Pratik Patel <pratikp@...eaurora.org>
To:	Will Deacon <will.deacon@....com>
Cc:	"linux-arm-kernel@...ts.infradead.org" 
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Subject: Re: CoreSight framework and drivers

On Wed, Dec 19, 2012 at 11:23:14AM +0000, Will Deacon wrote:
> Hi Pratik,
> 
> On Tue, Dec 18, 2012 at 07:19:17PM +0000, pratikp@...eaurora.org wrote:
> > This RFC is aimed at introducing CoreSight framework as well as
> > individual CoreSight trace component drivers adhering to ARM
> > CoreSight specification. Some prior discussion on this can be
> > referred at [1].
> > 
> > There are 3 kinds of CoreSight trace components:
> > 
> > * Sources: Responsible for producing trace data to provide
> >   visibility for the associated entity.
> > 
> > * Links: Transport components that carry trace data.
> > 
> > * Sinks: Collectors for storing trace data or acting as conduits
> >   for off-chip trace data collection.
> > 
> > These components can be connected in various topologies to suite
> > a particular SoCs tracing needs.
> > 
> > Framework is responsible for gathering and using the information
> > about the registered CoreSight components and their connections
> > to allow it to dynamically deduce the sequence of components
> > representing a connection from a CoreSight source to the
> > currently selected CoreSight sink. This helps the framework to
> > program the correct set of components to satisfy user request.
> 
> From a million miles up, this looks like a sensible sort of design but I
> really think you need to talk to Jon Hunter (he's at least on CC) about
> this, especially where bindings are concerned. If we can get something that
> you both agree on, then we can include the CTI with the other coresight
> components and do a more in-depth review at that point.
> 

Thanks for the feedback.

> Finally, how do you plan on exposing this data to the user? I think the only
> sane way is to have per-device file descriptors which act as pipes to the raw
> data but this means we need some readily available, open-source tooling (or
> at least public specifications of the trace formats).
> 

The sink drivers (ETB, TMC), expose a device node per device that
is used to collect the raw data.

Eg:, we have:
/dev/coresight-etb
/dev/coresight-tmc-etf
/dev/coresight-tmc-etr

where reading /dev/coresight-tmc-etf only works when the ETF is
in circular buffer mode.

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