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SubjectRe: [PATCH 3/3] mailbox: sunxi-msgbox: Add a new mailbox driver

On 02/28/18 02:32, Maxime Ripard wrote:
> On Tue, Feb 27, 2018 at 08:27:14PM -0600, Samuel Holland wrote:
>> + /*
>> + * The failure path should not disable the clock or assert the reset,
>> + * because the PSCI implementation in firmware relies on this device
>> + * being functional. Claiming the clock in this driver is required to
>> + * prevent Linux from turning it off.
>> + */
>> + ret = clk_prepare_enable(clk);
>> + if (ret) {
>> + dev_err(dev, "Failed to enable bus clock: %d\n", ret);
>> + return ret;
>> + }
> You don't need it to be always on though. You only need it to be
> enabled when you access the registers (on both sides I guess?). So you
> could very well enable the clock in your registers accessors in Linux,
> and do the same in the ARISC firmware. That should work.

It does need to always be on because the *PSCI* implementation (ATF) also uses
SCPI concurrently with Linux (on a separate channel). Turning off the clock
anywhere in Linux could turn it off in the middle of a PSCI SCPI call on a
different CPU, causing ATF to hang in EL3 (which would be very bad).

> Maxime


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