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Date:	Mon, 10 Mar 2014 12:11:44 -0500
From:	Nishanth Menon <nm@...com>
To:	Mark Brown <broonie@...nel.org>
CC:	"Rafael J. Wysocki" <rjw@...ysocki.net>,
	Viresh Kumar <viresh.kumar@...aro.org>,
	MyungJoo Ham <myungjoo.ham@...sung.com>,
	Mike Turquette <mturquette@...aro.org>,
	<devicetree@...r.kernel.org>, <linux-doc@...r.kernel.org>,
	<linux-kernel@...r.kernel.org>, <cpufreq@...r.kernel.org>,
	<linux-pm@...r.kernel.org>, <linux-arm-kernel@...ts.infradead.org>,
	<linux-omap@...r.kernel.org>
Subject: Re: [RFC PATCH 3/6] PM / Voltagedomain: introduce voltage domain
 driver support

On 03/02/2014 09:54 PM, Mark Brown wrote:
> On Mon, Feb 24, 2014 at 08:38:07AM -0600, Nishanth Menon wrote:
> 
>> Intent here is to allow drivers such as cpufreq-cpu0 to be reused on
>> platforms such as TI's OMAP derivatives, and other SoCs which differ
>> only by the sequence involved in voltage scale operations. So, this
>> patch provides a framework for registering the underlying
>> implementation of the SoC specific voltage change methodology.
> 
> That bit is clear, what's very opaque from the code is how this is going
> to be accomplished.
The SoC specific voltage domain drivers register with
devm_voltdm_register. the fops provide the abstraction needed for the
SoC (example in patch #5 - which introduces OMAP specific voltage
domain which handles ABB and VDD regulators).

What would you suggest that we do to clarify the usage here?

>> Overall the sequence takes place after this patch is as follows:
>> a) voltage domain drivers such as those of TI or others register with
>> voltage domain with devm_voltdm_register.
>> b) cpufreq-cpu0/devfreq drivers:
>> of_pm_voltdm_notifier_register(introduced as part of patch #1) to
>> register notifiers around clk of interest. This request is linked to
>> the specific voltage domain using phandle in device tree.
>> c) when cpufreq-cpu0/devfreq does a clk_set_rate, the common clock
>> framework triggers notifiers in voltage domain core which in turn,
>> invokes the corresponding handlers for the voltage domain driver
>> ensuring the right dvfs sequence specific to the SoC is triggered.
> 
> So the first question I have here is what happens if multiple clocks
> need to be updated in lock step - if we're only triggering off clock
> notifiers that seems tricky.  The other thing here is that the fact that
Yes, that is true, however, there are ways to implement them, for
example: We could implement an higher level clock that takes care of
the multiple clock node control to handle this kind of scenario.

I can elaborate that in the commit message, if that is desirable.

> your API is "of_" suggests that it is in fact linked very srongly to DT
> - it'd be good to split out the layers to make sure things make sense
> standalone, the DT helpers are obviously good but the API should be able
> to stand separately.

You are correct, I had intended the RFC as purely "OF only". I will
make it independent of of in the next revision.

-- 
Regards,
Nishanth Menon
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