[PATCH] clk: meson-gxbb: set fclk_div3 as CLK_IS_CRITICAL

Christian Hewitt christianshewitt at gmail.com
Mon Oct 15 21:54:05 PDT 2018

On 15 Oct 2018, at 9:07 pm, Jerome Brunet <jbrunet at baylibre.com> wrote:
> On Sat, 2018-10-13 at 18:08 +0200, Michael Turquette wrote:
>> Quoting Christian Hewitt (2018-10-13 12:04:46)
>>> On the Khadas VIM2 (GXM) and LePotato (GXL) board there are problems
>>> with reboot; e.g. a ~60 second delay between issuing reboot and the
>>> board power cycling (and in some OS configurations reboot will fail
>>> and require manual power cycling).
>>> Similar to 'commit c987ac6f1f088663b6dad39281071aeb31d450a8 ("clk:
>>> meson-gxbb: set fclk_div2 as CLK_IS_CRITICAL")' the SCPI Cortex-M4
>>> Co-Processor seems to depend on FCLK_DIV3 being operational.
>>> Bisect gives 'commit 05f814402d6174369b3b29832cbb5eb5ed287059 ("clk:
>>> meson: add fdiv clock gates") between 4.16 and 4.16-rc1 as the first
>>> bad commit. This added support for the missing clock gates before the
>>> fixed PLL fixed dividers (FCLK_DIVx) and the clock framework which
>>> disabled all the unused fixed dividers, thus it disabled a critical
>>> clock path for the SCPI Co-Processor.
>>> This change simply sets the FCLK_DIV3 gate as critical to ensure
>>> nothing can disable it.
>> I'm a bit skeptical of this. If FCLK_DIV3 is gated at run-time, there is
>> no side effect other than long and/or failed reboot?
>> Seems like someone should be managing this clock, and simply leaving it
>> on all the time isn't necessarily the right approach. Any chance that
>> you can dig into this behavior to better understand it?
>> It's easy to solve issues by leaving clocks on all the time, but this
>> becomes a problem later on when trying to tune a device for power.
> Hi Mike,
> I totally agree with you and, in perfect a world, I would prefer not to use this
> CLK_IS_CRITICAL at all. It looks like a cheap fix for:
> "this is required, I don't for what but it is, so please leave it on"
> The problem is this issue is a regression. We added a few gates to better model
> the clock tree a while ago. Before, those those clock were left enabled by the
> bootloader.
> Now that linux turn them off, we are learning a few things about what the FWs
> are doing behind our backs.
> Among the 5 clocks which got a new gates, only 2 needs to back the old way using
> CLK_IS_CRITICAL, so this is still an improvement.
>> Also, if this commit really is the right fix, it should include a
>> comment for FCLK_DIV3 stating why the CLK_IS_CRITICAL flag was set,
>> which may be helpful later on to know if it is safe to remove it. Same
>> is true for FCLK_DIV2 in c987ac6f1f088663b6dad39281071aeb31d450a8.
> +1 There should be FIXME notice in the driver explaining why we put that flag in
> the first place, so we can remove it as soon as a driver properly handle this
> clock.
> Christian, is Ok if I amend your patch, or do you prefer to post a v2 ?
> Mike, with explained, is this change OK with you ?

I’m happy for you to amend, it’s easier for me.

>> Regards,
>> Mike
>>> Signed-off-by: Christian Hewitt <christianshewitt at gmail.com>
>>> ---
>>> drivers/clk/meson/gxbb.c | 1 +
>>> 1 file changed, 1 insertion(+)
>>> diff --git a/drivers/clk/meson/gxbb.c b/drivers/clk/meson/gxbb.c
>>> index 86d3ae5..4c8925d 100644
>>> --- a/drivers/clk/meson/gxbb.c
>>> +++ b/drivers/clk/meson/gxbb.c
>>> @@ -509,6 +509,7 @@ static struct clk_fixed_factor gxbb_fclk_div3_div = {
>>>                .ops = &clk_fixed_factor_ops,
>>>                .parent_names = (const char *[]){ "fixed_pll" },
>>>                .num_parents = 1,
>>> +               .flags = CLK_IS_CRITICAL,
>>>        },
>>> };
>>> -- 
>>> 2.7.4

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