[PATCH V4 1/3] OPP: Redefine bindings to overcome shortcomings

Viresh Kumar viresh.kumar at linaro.org
Mon May 11 22:16:33 PDT 2015

Hi Nishanth,

On 10-05-15, 20:02, Nishanth Menon wrote:
> On 04/30/2015 07:07 AM, Viresh Kumar wrote:

> > +the liberty of choosing these. These triplets are called Operating Performance
> I suggest we dont call them as triplets either -> note, we have added
> clk transition latency per OPP, so they are not exactly triplets either.


> > +Points aka OPPs. This document defines bindings for these OPPs applicable across
> > +wide range of devices. For illustration purpose, this document uses CPU as a
> > +device.
> > +
> > +
> Would be good to point to operating-points (the legacy document) as
> well. It might be good to state that only one of the properties should
> be used for the device node OPP description.

Hmm, okay.

> > +Optional properties:
> > +- shared-opp: Indicates that device nodes using this OPP descriptor's phandle
> > +  switch their DVFS state together, i.e. they share clock/voltage/current lines.
> > +  Missing property means devices have independent clock/voltage/current lines,
> > +  but they share OPP tables.
> Is'nt this property redundant? by the fact that phandle is reused for
> cpu1 should indicate shared OPP table, correct?

There are two things we can share:
- OPP tables (And not the clock lines themselves). For example,
  consider a quad-core platform with independent clock/voltage lines
  for all CPUs but all the CPUs have same OPP table.

- Clock/voltage rails: This is described by the above property. I
  thought the examples should have made this clear, anything left
  there ?

> > +- turbo-mode: Marks the OPP to be used only for turbo modes.
> Might be great to add some description for what "turbo mode" means here.


> That said, flexibility of this approach is awesome, thanks for doing
> this, I believe we did have a discussion about "safe OPP" for thermal
> behavior -> now that we have phandles for OPPs, we  can give phandle
> pointer to the thermal framework. in addition, we can also use phandle
> for marking throttling information in thermal framework instead of
> indices as well. which allows a lot of flexibility.
> in some systems, we'd have need to mark certain OPPs for entry into
> suspend(tegra?) or during shutdown (for example) - do we allow for such
> description as phandle pointer back to the OPP nodes (from cpu0 device)
> OR do we describe them as additional properties?

Haven't thought about it earlier. In case we need them, probably it
should go in the OPP table.

NOTE: Mike T. once told me that we shouldn't over-abuse the bindings
by putting every detail there. And I am not sure at all on how to draw
that line.

> > +- status: Marks the node enabled/disabled.
> One question we'd probably want the new framework to address is the need
> for OPPs based on Efuse options - Am I correct in believing that the
> solution that iMX, and TI SoCs probably need is something similar to
> modifying the status to disabled? or do we have Vendor specfic modifier
> properties that would be allowed?

See PATCH 2/3 for that.
> One additional behavior need I noticed in various old threads is a need
> to restrict transition OPPs -> certain SoCs might have constraints on
> next OPP they can transition from certain OPPs in-order to achieve a new
> OPP. again, such behavior could be phandle lists OR properties that link
> the chain up together. Number of such needs did sound less, but still
> just thought to bring it up.

See 0/3 and 3/3 for that. Its present in my solution but Mike T. is
strictly against keeping that in OPP table. And so 3/3 may get Nak'd.

Thanks a lot for your reviews.

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