[PATCH] Documentation: clk: Add locking documentation

Laurent Pinchart laurent.pinchart+renesas at ideasonboard.com
Wed Feb 26 16:52:55 EST 2014

Briefly documentation the common clock framework locking scheme from a
clock driver point of view.

Signed-off-by: Laurent Pinchart <laurent.pinchart+renesas at ideasonboard.com>
 Documentation/clk.txt | 26 ++++++++++++++++++++++++++
 1 file changed, 26 insertions(+)

diff --git a/Documentation/clk.txt b/Documentation/clk.txt
index 699ef2a..4bd6fd7 100644
--- a/Documentation/clk.txt
+++ b/Documentation/clk.txt
@@ -255,3 +255,29 @@ are sorted out.
 To bypass this disabling, include "clk_ignore_unused" in the bootargs to the
+	Part 7 - Locking
+The common clock framework uses two global locks. One of them (the enable
+lock) is held across calls to the .enable, .disable and .is_enabled
+operations, while the other (the prepare lock) is held across calls to all other
+operations. This effectively divides operations in two groups from a locking
+Drivers don't need to manually protect resources shared between the operations
+of one group, regardless of whether those resources are shared by multiple
+clocks or not. However, access to resources that are shared between operations
+of the two groups needs to be protected by the drivers. An example of such a
+resource would be a register that controls both the clock rate and the clock
+enable/disable state.
+The clock framework is reentrant, in that a driver is allowed to call clock
+framework functions from within its implementation of clock operations. This
+can for instance cause a .set_rate operation of one clock being called from
+within the .set_rate operation of another clock. This case must be considered
+in the driver implementations, but the code flow is usually controlled by the
+driver in that case.
+Note that locking must also be considered when code outside of the common
+clock framework needs to access resources used by the clock operations. This
+is considered out of scope of this document.

Laurent Pinchart

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