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Date:	Thu, 24 Jan 2013 12:13:29 +0100
From:	Wolfram Sang <>
To:	Mark Brown <>
Cc:	Stephen Warren <>,
	Naveen Krishna Chatradhi <>,,,,,,,,
Subject: Re: [PATCH 1/2] i2c-core: Add gpio based bus arbitration


On Sat, Dec 15, 2012 at 11:21:36PM +0900, Mark Brown wrote:
> On Fri, Dec 14, 2012 at 09:06:49AM -0700, Stephen Warren wrote:
> > On 12/13/2012 10:50 PM, Naveen Krishna Chatradhi wrote:
> > > +The first should be an output, and is used to claim the I2C bus,
> > > +the second should be an input, and signals that the other side (Client)
> > > +wants to claim the bus. This allows two masters to share the same I2C bus.
> > I'm confused why this is even needed; the I2C protocol itself defines
> > how multi-master is supposed to work, just using the regular SCL/SDA lines.
> Practically speaking essentially no systems actually do that - mostly
> Linux will treat failure to get the bus as an error for example.

It is true that Linux currently does not have proper multi-master
support. It is worth a look what is missing and how far we can get with
the I2C specified arbitration IMO.

> also get things like read operations which appear as multiple
> transactions on the I2C bus so require something higher level than what
> multi-master provides.

I don't get what you mean here. Can you elaborate?

That being said. Grant's design was the most promising one.



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