[PATCH 2/2] clk: bcm2835: Skip PLLC clocks when deciding on a new clock parent

Eric Anholt eric at anholt.net
Mon May 2 18:09:22 PDT 2016

Martin Sperl <kernel at martin.sperl.org> writes:

>> On 02.05.2016, at 17:29, Eric Anholt <eric at anholt.net> wrote:
>> Martin Sperl <kernel at martin.sperl.org> writes:
>>>> On 26.04.2016, at 21:39, Eric Anholt <eric at anholt.net> wrote:
>>>> If the firmware had set up a clock to source from PLLC, go along with
>>>> it.  But if we're looking for a new parent, we don't want to switch it
>>>> to PLLC because the firmware will force PLLC (and thus the AXI bus
>>>> clock) to different frequencies during over-temp/under-voltage,
>>>> without notification to Linux.
>>>> On my system, this moves the Linux-enabled HDMI state machine and DSI1
>>>> escape clock over to plld_per from pllc_per.  EMMC still ends up on
>>>> pllc_per, because the firmware had set it up to use that.
>>>> Signed-off-by: Eric Anholt <eric at anholt.net>
>>>> Fixes: 41691b8862e2 ("clk: bcm2835: Add support for programming the audio domain clocks")
>>> I guess this patch looks to me as if it is a policy inside the kernel,
>>> which is AFAIK frowned upon.
>> Can you come up with a use for putting peripherals on PLLC ever, such
>> that we need choice?
> For PLLC not right now, but with clk_notifier_register drivers could
> work around those clock changes (assuming we get that information
> from the firmware somehow - or if we could move this decision into the
> kernel: even better).

Why would you want to automatically choose an unstable clock instead of
the stable clock we have available?

> But I can come up with a scenario that would make use of the pllh_aux
> under some circumstances - e.g when requesting 290039Hz on clock gp0/1/2.
> Similarly: if we ever enable the testdebugX clocks these become immediate
> candidates for parent-clocks as well which can result in more headache.

How are you planning to make use of the testdebug inputs?  As far as I
know, those are for bit-banging your clocks during hardware bringup
debugging.  They wouldn't be clocks you'd automatically choose.

> Being able to define which clocks to use at least give the dts author
> a means also to control clock selection if he wants to enable the
> testdebug clocks.

If you were to clock-assigned-parents something to PLLC, this code won't
override that.
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