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SubjectRe: [PATCH v8 00/10] Add the I3C subsystem
On Wed, Oct 3, 2018 at 3:22 PM Boris Brezillon
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> Sorry for the huge delay between v7 and v8 despite the small amount of
> things I was asked to fix/rework.
> This patch series is adding a new subsystem to support I3C devices.
> This is just adding support for basic features. Extra features will
> be added afterwards.
> There are a few design choices that are worth mentioning because they
> impact the way I3C device drivers can interact with their devices:
> - all functions used to send I3C/I2C frames must be called in
> non-atomic context. Mainly done this way to ease implementation, but
> this is still open to discussion. Please let me know if you think it's
> worth considering an asynchronous model here
> - the I3C bus and I3C master controller are now tightly coupled even
> though they're still allocated separately. There's now a 1:1
> relationship between these objects, and the I3C master is no longer
> represented under the I3C bus object.
> Arnd, let me know if you had something different in mind, and I'll
> rework the implementation accordingly.

I looked at the entire series again and I'm rather happy with how
it turned out. I've commented on a tiny issue about the readsl()
that should be easy to resolve one way or another, with that
you can add my

Reviewed-by: Arnd Bergmann <>

There is one additional issue that we've talked about previously
and that I'd like to hear about from GregKH or maybe other
subsystem maintainers: In the current version, you have a single
'bus_type' object, and this is used to represent both a 'host' and
a 'device'. I think we concluded that this is done in other
subsystems as well, and that this is fitting here because a
host (master device) can hand over being a master to another
device (slave), which then becomes the host and sees this
one as a slave. Also a lot of the sysfs attributes are the same
because of this relationship.

It also means that you get a mix of things in sysfs:


which is a bit like what we have on USB where we can have hub
devices that are again parents of other USB devices, but I don't
think we can have i3c hubs or multiplexers in the same way, so
it's only a single level.

I'm ok with this model after our previous discussion and couldn't
come up with a better one. If anyone else still sees it as
problematic and has a better idea, please let us know now.


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