[PATCH v2 5/5] drivers: firmware: psci: add PSCI v1.0 DT bindings

Mark Rutland mark.rutland at arm.com
Mon Oct 5 05:06:28 PDT 2015

On Mon, Oct 05, 2015 at 12:48:09PM +0100, Andre Przywara wrote:
> Hi Lorenzo,
> sorry for this late reply, but this came up recently during an IRC
> discussion:
> On 08/07/15 18:16, Lorenzo Pieralisi wrote:
> > PSCI 1.0 is designed to be fully compliant to the PSCI 0.2
> > specification, with minor differences that are described in the
> > PSCI specification.
> So if PSCI 1.0 is fully compliant to the 0.2 spec and PSCI 0.2 mandates
> a version function, why do we need a new binding here?

Some possible PSCI 1.0 implementations are not PSCI 0.2 compliant (e.g.
if they implement the new state parameter format). They would list
"arm,psci-1.0" only so old OSs wouldn't explode unexpectedly trying to
use not-quite-compatible features.

> IIRC device tree bindings are just for features that cannot be probed,
> whereas the availability of PSCI 1.0 features can be safely probed by
> issuing the PSCI_VERSION call and checking for bits [16:32] >= 1.
> So can't we just skip this extra binding and keep the compatible string
> to 0.2 for every upcoming PSCI implementation?

If PSCI 0.2 is reported in the DT, we can and will probe PSCI_VERSION to
detect PSCI 1.0 support, but the existing string implies true PSCI 0.2

> This should actually be the last binding we need, since availability of
> specific functions can be checked as well with the PSCI_FEATURES call in
> the future.

So long as the spec doesn't break compatibility in this fashion again,
yes. I certainly hope we don't have this problem again.


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