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SubjectRe: [PATCH 1/3] dt-bindings: chosen: Add clocksource and clockevent selection
On Fri, Dec 15, 2017 at 7:57 PM, Grygorii Strashko
<grygorii.strashko@ti.com> wrote:
>
>
> On 12/13/2017 12:53 PM, Alexandre Belloni wrote:
>> The clocksource and clockevent timer are probed early in the boot process.
>> At that time it is difficult for linux to know whether a particular timer
>> can be used as the clocksource or the clockevent or by another driver,
>> especially when they are all identical or have similar features.
>>
>> Until now, multiple strategies have been used to solve that:
>> - use Kconfig option as MXC_USE_EPIT or ATMEL_TCB_CLKSRC_BLOCK
>> - use a kernel parameter as the "clocksource" early_param in mach-omap2
>> - registering the first seen timer as a clockevent and the second one as
>> a clocksource as in rk_timer_init or dw_apb_timer_init
>>
>> Add a linux,clocksource and a linux,clockevent node in chosen with a timer
>> property pointing to the timer to use. Other properties, like the targeted
>> precision may be added later.
>>
>> Signed-off-by: Alexandre Belloni <alexandre.belloni@free-electrons.com>
>> ---
>> Documentation/devicetree/bindings/chosen.txt | 20 ++++++++++++++++++++
>> 1 file changed, 20 insertions(+)
>>
>> diff --git a/Documentation/devicetree/bindings/chosen.txt b/Documentation/devicetree/bindings/chosen.txt
>> index e3b13ea7d2ae..c7ee3ecb5276 100644
>> --- a/Documentation/devicetree/bindings/chosen.txt
>> +++ b/Documentation/devicetree/bindings/chosen.txt
>> @@ -120,3 +120,23 @@ e.g.
>> While this property does not represent a real hardware, the address
>> and the size are expressed in #address-cells and #size-cells,
>> respectively, of the root node.
>> +
>> +linux,clocksource and linux,clockevent
>> +--------------------------------------
>> +
>> +Those nodes have a timer property. This property is a phandle to the timer to be
>> +chosen as the clocksource or clockevent. This is only useful when the platform
>> +has multiple identical timers and it is not possible to let linux make the
>> +correct choice.
>> +
>> +/ {
>> + chosen {
>> + linux,clocksource {
>> + timer = <&timer0>;
>> + };
>> +
>> + linux,clockevent {
>> + timer = <&timer1>;
>> + };
>> + };
>> +};
>>
>
> It'd be nice if smth. like this will actually happen, as on some OMAP
> platforms can be up to 3-4 alternatives for each clocksource/clockevent and
> different combination need to be selected depending on SoC and platform
> (and sometime - use case) which is pain in multi-platform environment now.

Can we have some concrete examples with why the current selection
logic is broken.

For use-cases, if a board maker can't make that decision, then I think
those should be kernel command-line options (if boot time) or sysfs
controlled.

> But more important note from my side is clocksource and clockevent selections seems
> not enough :( There are also sched clock (sched_clock_register()) and delay_timer
> (register_current_timer_delay() at least on ARM).
> Both above can't be unregistered (at least last time I've checked).

Sounds like an OS problem...

Rob

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