[4.4-rc][PATCH] ARM: dts: am4372: disable arm twd and global timer's nodes

Tony Lindgren tony at atomide.com
Thu Dec 3 11:23:10 PST 2015

* Grygorii Strashko <grygorii.strashko at ti.com> [151203 10:21]:
> On 12/03/2015 06:37 PM, Tony Lindgren wrote:
> > * Tony Lindgren <tony at atomide.com> [151203 08:34]:
> >>
> >> It seems we should apply this as a fix unless somebody has better ideas.
> > 
> > Actually I think the fix for now is "[4.4-rc][PATCH v2] ARM: dts: am4372: fix
> > clock source for arm twd and global timers" until PM starts working?
> > 
> Yes. if no PM it should work, but PM patches are on the fly for Am43.

OK let's not merge this one then.

> But, again, main reason I've posted this patch is that I do not see the
> way how to enable/disable or limit functionality of these timer by using 
> Kconfig options in case of Muliplatform builds :( (or by boot parameters).
> Example 1 (this is how 4.4 kernel is working):
> 1) OMAP4 has ARM TWD timer and properly supports it, so in Kconfig we have
> "select HAVE_ARM_TWD" and corresponding "local-timer" is defined in DT.
> AM437x has ARM TWD timer, but does not support it yet, so corresponding "local-timer"
> defined in DT and in Kconfig HAVE_ARM_TWD is not selected.
> (patch http://www.spinics.net/lists/arm-kernel/msg459649.html
>  is not merged yet)
> Result: ARM TWD timer will be enabled on AM437x !? :(
> Example 2:
> ARM Global timer can't be used as clocksource device if CPUFreq is enabled
> (this is not supported even by Timekeeping core now).
> So, there are two options:
> 1) update selection for config SOC_AM43XX
> 2) updated ARM GT driver and don't register clocksource device if CPUFreq is enabled
> Both options will not work:
> 1) ARM_GLOBAL_TIMER will be selected if any other SoC in multiplatform build
> will select ARM_GLOBAL_TIMER
> 2) clocksource device will never be registered if at least one SoC will
> select CPU_FREQ. And this might break SoC which expect it to be registered,
> because CPU_FREQ is not enabled on these SoCs (no CPUFreq drivers registered).
> So, as alternative to this patch, ARM timers nodes can be disabled in
> platform DTS files, but then all platform DTS files will need to be updated.

Yes I don't see any other option right now until we have the clocksource
switching happening. Only then will the scoring work properly.



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