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SubjectRe: [PATCH v6 00/10] Add the I3C subsystem
On Tue, 24 Jul 2018 17:58:29 +0200
Arnd Bergmann <> wrote:

> On Tue, Jul 24, 2018 at 5:46 PM, Geert Uytterhoeven
> <> wrote:
> > Hi Arnd,
> >
> > On Tue, Jul 24, 2018 at 5:40 PM Arnd Bergmann <> wrote:
> >> On Tue, Jul 24, 2018 at 5:15 PM, Geert Uytterhoeven
> >> <> wrote:
> >> > On Tue, Jul 24, 2018 at 5:05 PM Arnd Bergmann <> wrote:
> >>
> >> >> That's not the case I was describing here, I was thinking of what
> >> >> Wolfram described with the Renesas SoC that has two i2c masters
> >> >> multiplexed through the pinmux layer. I would assume that we
> >> >> can still do the same thing in i3c by shutting down the current
> >> >> master without a handover, and reprobing everything from scratch.
> >> >
> >> > The major disadvantage of reprobing is that it may cause visual disturbances
> >> > when i2c slaves are involved with e.g. the display pipeline (think HDMI encoders
> >> > etc.).
> >>
> >> Do you mean we should reuse the device pointer and association with
> >> the driver even when we switch out the i3c master using the pinmux?
> >>
> >> Or do you mean we need to be prepared for driving a single
> >> slave through multiple masters over the lifetime of that device,
> >> but using the i3c master handover protocol?
> >> In the second case, how do we decide which master to use
> >> for accessing a device for a given request?
> >
> > I'll have to defer to Wolfram. He's the i2c and muxing expert.
> On i2c, we only have the first case, and Wolfram said that it
> intentionally does the reprobe to avoid the problems we discussed.
> The question is what to do about this if it happens again on i3c.
> Peter seemed to think that it was possibly something we might
> have to handle, while Boris said that it wouldn't be because it's
> not coverered by the i3c spec.
> The second case is the one that started the discussion, and
> this is where I said I'd prefer to associate each slave with at
> most one master at boot time, while the current v6 patch
> is prepared for having one slave be accessed alternatingly
> by multiple masters using the master handover, though so
> far nobody has been able to describe exactly how we'd pick
> which master is active at what point,

Even if it's not yet implemented, I have everything in place to figure
this out (see the ->cur_master field in the i3c_bus object). Now,
what's missing is a list of possible masters attached to an i3c device
so that the framework can pick the most appropriate one at runtime and
initiate mastership handover if required (if the selected master is not
the currently active one).

The selection logic should look like this:

if (active_master supports requested feature)
use active master
pick an inactive one that has relevant caps and initiate
mastership handover (+ update bus->cur_master)

> or what specific scenario
> would require it.

I think I described a scenario (masters having different
capabilities all connected to the same bus), though I don't know how
likely this use case is :-/.

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