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Date:	Thu, 20 Dec 2012 21:16:15 +0100
From:	Jean Pihet <>
To:	Pratik Patel <>
Cc:	Jon Hunter <>,
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	Will Deacon <>,
	LKML <>,
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Subject: Re: CoreSight framework and drivers

Hi Pratik,

On Thu, Dec 20, 2012 at 8:51 PM, Pratik Patel <> wrote:
> On Thu, Dec 20, 2012 at 11:46:13AM -0600, Jon Hunter wrote:
>> On 12/19/2012 03:24 PM, Pratik Patel wrote:
>> [snip]
>> > Currently we use the CoreSight virtual bus to conveniently list
>> > sysfs configuration attributes for all the registered CoreSight
>> > devices.
>> >
>> > For eg:
>> > /sys/bus/coresight/devices/coresight-etm0/<attribute>
>> > /sys/bus/coresight/devices/coresight-etm1/<attribute>
>> > /sys/bus/coresight/devices/coresight-stm/<attribute>
>> > /sys/bus/coresight/devices/coresight-tmc-etf/<attribute>
>> > ...
>> > ...
>> >
>> > Some of the attributes are based on device type (i.e. source,
>> > link or sink) so they will exist for all devices of that type
>> > while some are device specific.
>> >
>> > Maybe I am misunderstanding the question but are you suggesting
>> > to register CoreSight devices to the AMBA bus instead of the
>> > CoreSight core layer code?
>> Yes exactly.
>> > Will Deacon mentioned earlier that AMBA framework can be changed
>> > to accomodate devices with a different class but I am more
>> > concerned with losing some of the stuff that the core layer code
>> > does (eg. coresight_register, coresight_enable, coresight_disable
>> > in coresight.c) if we register CoreSight drivers to the AMBA bus
>> > without letting the core layer know about the device connections.
>> I may be missing something, but couldn't you keep all the
>> register/enable/disable stuff but just register the device with the amba
>> bus? Obviously some changes would need to be made.
> Ok, so are you referring to making CoreSight devices register
> with AMBA bus instead of platform bus keeping everything else
> intact?
>> Personally, I don't have strong feeling either way, but we have ETM/ETB
>> drivers using AMBA today and so I am hoping we can come to agreement on
>> this going forward.
>> Russell, Will, what are your thoughts?
>> Otherwise, looking at the code, I like what you have implemented. I
>> still need to look closer, but I am struggling to figure out how a
>> coresight device such as the cross-trigger-interface fits with this
>> model. This model appears to be geared towards coresight devices used
>> for traces purposes and are either source, links or sinks. The
>> cross-trigger-interface is not a source or a sink. However, although you
>> it could be considered as a link (routing events), it is not really, as
>> it may not link to other coresight sinks/source.
>> In my case, I have PMU-IRQ --> CTI --> GIC. So a non-coresight source
>> and sink. In away the CTI looks more like a 2nd-level interrupt
>> controller than anything else. Hence, another type of coresight device
>> may be needed in addition to source, links and sinks. Or link is
>> extended in some way to connect to non-coresight sources/sinks.
>> Let me know if you have any thoughts.
> I had left the "None" type for miscellaneous stuff but I agree it
> should be a separate type - maybe "debug".
> Having said that I like the CTI driver you have uploaded. Need to
> look at it in more detail. Since CTI connections can vary between
> chip to chip, we need a generic way to deal with it.
I am also interested to look at such a framework in order to have a
clean implementation of the ETM, PMI/CMI (HW tracing IP on OMAP4+).
I am currently busy on a driver for PMI/CMI which requires some
configuration of the Coresight, ETM, ETB, ATB etc. IP blocks.

Could you send your patches to linux-arm and linux-omap mailing lists?
I will be pleased to review them.


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