[PATCH V6 1/3] OPP: Add new bindings to address shortcomings of existing bindings

Stephen Boyd sboyd at codeaurora.org
Tue Jun 2 11:31:20 PDT 2015

On 05/28, Viresh Kumar wrote:
> Current OPP (Operating performance point) device tree bindings have been
> insufficient due to the inflexible nature of the original bindings. Over
> time, we have realized that Operating Performance Point definitions and
> usage is varied depending on the SoC and a "single size (just frequency,
> voltage) fits all" model which the original bindings attempted and
> failed.
> The proposed next generation of the bindings addresses by providing a
> expandable binding for OPPs and introduces the following common
> shortcomings seen with the original bindings:
> - Getting clock/voltage/current rails sharing information between CPUs.
>   Shared by all cores vs independent clock per core vs shared clock per
>   cluster.
> - Support for specifying current levels along with voltages.
> - Support for multiple regulators.
> - Support for turbo modes.
> - Other per OPP settings: transition latencies, disabled status, etc.?
> - Expandability of OPPs in future.
> This patch introduces new bindings "operating-points-v2" to get these problems
> solved. Refer to the bindings for more details.
> We now have multiple versions of OPP binding and only one of them should
> be used per device.
> Reviewed-by: Rob Herring <robh at kernel.org>
> Signed-off-by: Viresh Kumar <viresh.kumar at linaro.org>
> ---

It looks pretty good. Just one question below on the regulator
stuff. Also, is there already code written to handle these new
bindings in the OPP library? If not, it would be good to write
some to flush out any problems that may be lurking in actual

> +
> +Example 1: Single cluster Dual-core ARM cortex A9, switch DVFS states together.
> +
> +/ {
> +	cpus {
> +		#address-cells = <1>;
> +		#size-cells = <0>;
> +
> +		cpu at 0 {
> +			compatible = "arm,cortex-a9";
> +			reg = <0>;
> +			next-level-cache = <&L2>;
> +			clocks = <&clk_controller 0>;
> +			clock-names = "cpu";
> +			opp-supply = <&cpu_supply0>;

opp-supply isn't mentioned anywhere. Is that intentional? Is it
supposed to be cpu-supply still? It isn't clear to me from the
previous discussion where this all ended up, but I'm not sure how
the in-kernel API is going to match up regulators with OPPs. I
mean, how are we going to ask the OPP library what the
min/max/target voltage is at a particular frequency when we have
multiple regulators? Is that some string based interface? 

	dev_pm_opp_get_voltage(name, &target, &min, &max);

Or a regulator pointer interface?

	dev_pm_opp_get_voltage(regulator, &target, &min, &max);

Or something else? Does this mean the OPP library is going to get
the CPU device to request the opp-supply from the CPU node?
Furthermore, why don't we care about opp-clocks? Are clocks
somehow special?

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