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SubjectRe: [PATCH 02/14] dt-bindings: soc: milbeaut: Add Milbeaut trampoline description
On Tue, Jan 29, 2019 at 05:28:48PM +0900, Sugaya, Taichi wrote:
> Hi,
>
> On 2019/01/22 20:50, Russell King - ARM Linux admin wrote:
> > On Tue, Jan 22, 2019 at 08:36:03PM +0900, Sugaya, Taichi wrote:
> > > Hi
> > >
> > > On 2018/12/04 22:32, Rob Herring wrote:
> > > > On Tue, Dec 4, 2018 at 5:30 AM Sugaya, Taichi
> > > > <sugaya.taichi@socionext.com> wrote:
> > > > >
> > > > > Hi
> > > > >
> > > > > On 2018/12/04 0:49, Rob Herring wrote:
> > > > > > On Mon, Dec 3, 2018 at 1:42 AM Sugaya, Taichi
> > > > > > <sugaya.taichi@socionext.com> wrote:
> > > > > > >
> > > > > > > Hi,
> > > > > > >
> > > > > > > On 2018/11/30 17:16, Stephen Boyd wrote:
> > > > > > > > Quoting Sugaya, Taichi (2018-11-29 04:24:51)
> > > > > > > > > On 2018/11/28 11:01, Stephen Boyd wrote:
> > > > > > > > > > Quoting Sugaya Taichi (2018-11-18 17:01:07)
> > > > > > > > > > > create mode 100644 Documentation/devicetree/bindings/soc/socionext/socionext,m10v.txt
> > > > > > > > > > >
> > > > > > > > > > > diff --git a/Documentation/devicetree/bindings/soc/socionext/socionext,m10v.txt b/Documentation/devicetree/bindings/soc/socionext/socionext,m10v.txt
> > > > > > > > > > > new file mode 100644
> > > > > > > > > > > index 0000000..f5d906c
> > > > > > > > > > > --- /dev/null
> > > > > > > > > > > +++ b/Documentation/devicetree/bindings/soc/socionext/socionext,m10v.txt
> > > > > > > > > > > @@ -0,0 +1,12 @@
> > > > > > > > > > > +Socionext M10V SMP trampoline driver binding
> > > > > > > > > > > +
> > > > > > > > > > > +This is a driver to wait for sub-cores while boot process.
> > > > > > > > > > > +
> > > > > > > > > > > +- compatible: should be "socionext,smp-trampoline"
> > > > > > > > > > > +- reg: should be <0x4C000100 0x100>
> > > > > > > > > > > +
> > > > > > > > > > > +EXAMPLE
> > > > > > > > > > > + trampoline: trampoline@0x4C000100 {
> > > > > > > > > > Drop the 0x part of unit addresses.
> > > > > > > > >
> > > > > > > > > Okay.
> > > > > > > > >
> > > > > > > > >
> > > > > > > > > > > + compatible = "socionext,smp-trampoline";
> > > > > > > > > > > + reg = <0x4C000100 0x100>;
> > > > > > > > > > Looks like a software construct, which we wouldn't want to put into DT
> > > > > > > > > > this way. DT doesn't describe drivers.
> > > > > > > > > We would like to use this node only getting the address of the
> > > > > > > > > trampoline area
> > > > > > > > > in which sub-cores wait. (They have finished to go to this area in previous
> > > > > > > > > bootloader process.)
> > > > > > > >
> > > > > > > > Is this area part of memory, or a special SRAM? If it's part of memory,
> > > > > > > > I would expect this node to be under the reserved-memory node and
> > > > > > > > pointed to by some other node that uses this region. Could even be the
> > > > > > > > CPU nodes.
> > > > > > >
> > > > > > > Yes, 0x4C000100 is a part of memory under the reserved-memory node. So
> > > > > > > we would like to use the SRAM ( allocated 0x00000000 ) area instead.
> > > > > > > BTW, sorry, the trampoline address of this example is simply wrong. We
> > > > > > > were going to use a part of the SRAM from the beginning.
> > > > > > >
> > > > > > > >
> > > > > > > > >
> > > > > > > > > So should we embed the constant value in source codes instead of getting
> > > > > > > > > from
> > > > > > > > > DT because the address is constant at the moment? Or is there other
> > > > > > > > > approach?
> > > > > > > > >
> > > > > > > >
> > > > > > > > If it's constant then that also works. Why does it need to come from DT
> > > > > > > > at all then?
> > > > > > >
> > > > > > > We think it is not good to embed constant value in driver codes and do
> > > > > > > not have another way...
> > > > > > > Are there better ways?
> > > > > >
> > > > > > If this is just memory, can you use the standard spin-table binding in
> > > > > > the DT spec? There are some requirements like 64-bit values even on
> > > > > > 32-bit machines (though this gets violated).
> > > > >
> > > > > The spin-table seems to be used on only 64-bit arch. Have it ever worked
> > > > > on 32-bit machine?
> > > >
> > > > Yes.
> > > >
> > > > > And I would like not to use it because avoid violation.
> > > >
> > > > The issue now that I remember is cpu-release-addr is defined to always
> > > > be a 64-bit value while some platforms made it a 32-bit value.
> > > > 'cpu-release-addr' is also used for some other enable-methods.
> > >
> > > I have a question about the spin-table.
> > > The code "smp_spin_table.c" is only in "arch/arm64/kernel" directory so can
> > > not be compiled in arm-v7 arch. That means the spin-table can not be used
> > > arm-v7 arch..? , or is there the way to compile the code in arm-v7 arch?
> >
> > Why do you think you need it? Do you have no way to control individual
> > CPUs?
> >
> > We are going through a process in 32-bit eliminating the "spin table"
> > stuff from platforms.
> >
>
> Not always necessary to us and considering the history I think it is not
> suitable to use the spin-table.
> I try to use another way.

Please do - the "spin" approach was a hack to allow ARM Ltd's platforms
to work. These platforms have no power control or reset of secondary
CPUs and no low power states (so can't suspend/resume). Early firmware
only had the capabilities to release _all_ secondary CPUs to the kernel
together. The "spin" approach is incompatible with suspend/resume,
hibernate, and kexec features of the kernel.

Real platforms do not have these problems, and thus should not use the
spin-table approach.

Modern platforms use PSCI to make the control of low power modes and
secondary CPUs independent of the kernel.

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