[PATCH] hwmon: (scpi) Add slope and offset to SCP sensor readings
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Wed Mar 1 09:56:18 PST 2017
On Wed, Mar 01, 2017 at 04:57:00PM +0000, Punit Agrawal wrote:
> Carlo Caione <carlo at endlessm.com> writes:
> > On Wed, Mar 1, 2017 at 4:01 PM, Guenter Roeck <linux at roeck-us.net> wrote:
> >> On 03/01/2017 05:20 AM, Carlo Caione wrote:
> >>> From: Carlo Caione <carlo at endlessm.com>
> >>> The temperature provided by the SCP sensors not always is expressed in
> >>> millicelsius, whereas this is required by the thermal framework. This is
> >>> for example the case for the Amlogic devices, where the SCP sensor
> >>> readings are expressed in degree (and not milli degree) Celsius.
> >> Are you saying that SCPI does not specify or provide the units to be used
> >> when reading values, and thus effectively just reports a more or less
> >> random number ?
> > AFAICT the standard does not specify the units to be used for the
> > values or a way to get that information. For the Amlogic case the SCP
> > returns the value of the temperature in degree celsius and I'm not
> > sure how common is that.
> The standard does specify the units, but the way it is written seems to
> suggest that the units are part of the platform implementation rather
> than part of the standard .
>  http://infocenter.arm.com/help/index.jsp?topic=/com.arm.doc.dui0922g/CABBCJGH.html
Wow, that is pretty well hidden. Table 3.87 doesn't specify units.
I agree, this appears to imply that the units are intentionally
platform specific. Unfortunately it doesn't specify the data format,
not even for the development platform, so I guess we'll have to
brace ourselves for inventive new data formats.
> > [cut]
> >>> - *temp = value;
> >>> + slope = thermal_zone_get_slope(zone->z);
> >>> + offset = thermal_zone_get_offset(zone->z);
> >> This is conceptually wrong. The functions return -ENODEV if thermal is
> >> disabled.
> >> While a negative slope does not make sense, a negative offset does.
> > Yeah, but in that case we would have already failed to register the
> > thermal zone at all in devm_thermal_zone_of_sensor_register().
> In addition to the thermal sub-subsystem, hwmon sysfs interface also
> expects temperature in millidegree Celsius. Ideally, any change should
> fix the reporting there as well. More below.
> >> The code in the thermal subsystem does not clarify well how slope and offset
> >> are supposed to be used. Since coming from the thermal subsystem, one would
> >> think
> >> that the thermal subsystem would apply any corrections if they are supposed
> >> to be software correction values, but that does not appear to be the case,
> >> leaving it up to drivers to use or not use the provided values.
> > Yes, this is my understanding also considering this comment here:
> > http://lxr.free-electrons.com/source/drivers/thermal/of-thermal.c#L1006
> > So apparently the slope and offset values are left to be used by the
> > driver, that's why I was changing the temperature driver to use those
> > values.
> >> This is kind of odd; the values are thermal subsystem attributes/properties,
> >> and one would think that they are to be used there unless they are supposed
> >> to be
> >> written into hardware. Given that, I'd rather wait for the API to be
> >> clarified
> >> instead of jumping into using it.
> > Zhang, Eduardo (+CC)
> > can you clarify a bit this point?
> Another way to fix this would be to add optional properties to the scpi
> sensors binding and use them instead. This could then be used to fixup
> values reported to both thermal and hwmon.
Yes, this would be much more appropriate.
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