[PATCH v5 08/13] iommu/rockchip: Control clocks needed to access the IOMMU

Robin Murphy robin.murphy at arm.com
Wed Feb 28 07:06:19 PST 2018

On 28/02/18 13:00, JeffyChen wrote:
> Hi Robin,
> Thanks for your reply.
> On 02/28/2018 12:59 AM, Robin Murphy wrote:
>>>> the rockchip IOMMU is part of the master block in hardware, so it needs
>>>> to control the master's power domain and some of the master's clocks
>>>> when access it's registers.
>>>> and the number of clocks needed here, might be different between each
>>>> IOMMUs(according to which master block it belongs), it's a little like
>>>> our power domain:
>>>> https://elixir.free-electrons.com/linux/latest/source/arch/arm64/boot/dts/rockchip/rk3399.dtsi#L935 
>>>> i'm not sure how to describe this correctly, is it ok use something 
>>>> like
>>>> "the same as it's master block"?
>>> would it make sense to add a property to specify the master who owns
>>> the iommu, and we can get all clocks(only some of those clocks are
>>> actually needed) from it in the of_xlate()? and we can also reuse the
>>> clock-names of that master to build clk_bulk_data and log errors in
>>> clk_bulk_get.
>> I'm inclined to agree with Rob here - if we're to add anything to the
>> binding, it should only be whatever clock inputs are defined for the
>> IOMMU IP block itself. If Linux doesn't properly handle the interconnect
>> clock hierarchy external to a particular integration, that's a separate
>> issue and it's not the binding's problem.
>> I actually quite like the hack of "borrowing" the clocks from
>> dev->of_node in of_xlate() - you shouldn't need any DT changes for that,
>> because you already know that each IOMMU instance only has the one
>> master device anyway.
> Thanks:) but actually we are going to support sharing IOMMU between 
> multiple masters(one of them is the main master i think) in the newer 
> chips(not yet supported on upstream kernel)...

Ha! OK, fair enough, back to the first point then...

> So we might have to get all clocks from all masters, or find a way to 
> specify the main master...and for the multiple masters case, do it in 
> of_xlate() turns out to be a little racy...maybe we can add a property 
> to specify main master, and get it's clocks in probe()?

I notice that the 4.4 BSP kernel consistently specifies "aclk" and 
"hclk" for the IOMMU instances - it feels unusual to say "why don't we 
follow the downstream binding?", but it does look a lot like what I 
would expect (I'd guess at one for the register slave interface and one 
for the master interface/general operation?)

If we can implement conceptually-correct clock handling based on an 
accurate binding, which should cover most cases, and *then* look at 
hacking around those where it doesn't quite work in practice due to 
shortcomings elsewhere, that would be ideal, and of course a lot nicer 
than just jumping straight into piles of hacks.


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