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SubjectRe: [PATCH v7 0/7] Solve postboot supplier cleanup and optimize probe ordering
On Thu, Jul 25, 2019 at 02:04:23PM -0700, Frank Rowand wrote:
> On 7/25/19 6:42 AM, Greg Kroah-Hartman wrote:
> > On Tue, Jul 23, 2019 at 05:10:53PM -0700, Saravana Kannan wrote:
> >> Add device-links to track functional dependencies between devices
> >> after they are created (but before they are probed) by looking at
> >> their common DT bindings like clocks, interconnects, etc.
> >>
> >> Having functional dependencies automatically added before the devices
> >> are probed, provides the following benefits:
> >>
> >> - Optimizes device probe order and avoids the useless work of
> >> attempting probes of devices that will not probe successfully
> >> (because their suppliers aren't present or haven't probed yet).
> >>
> >> For example, in a commonly available mobile SoC, registering just
> >> one consumer device's driver at an initcall level earlier than the
> >> supplier device's driver causes 11 failed probe attempts before the
> >> consumer device probes successfully. This was with a kernel with all
> >> the drivers statically compiled in. This problem gets a lot worse if
> >> all the drivers are loaded as modules without direct symbol
> >> dependencies.
> >>
> >> - Supplier devices like clock providers, interconnect providers, etc
> >> need to keep the resources they provide active and at a particular
> >> state(s) during boot up even if their current set of consumers don't
> >> request the resource to be active. This is because the rest of the
> >> consumers might not have probed yet and turning off the resource
> >> before all the consumers have probed could lead to a hang or
> >> undesired user experience.
> >>
> >> Some frameworks (Eg: regulator) handle this today by turning off
> >> "unused" resources at late_initcall_sync and hoping all the devices
> >> have probed by then. This is not a valid assumption for systems with
> >> loadable modules. Other frameworks (Eg: clock) just don't handle
> >> this due to the lack of a clear signal for when they can turn off
> >> resources. This leads to downstream hacks to handle cases like this
> >> that can easily be solved in the upstream kernel.
> >>
> >> By linking devices before they are probed, we give suppliers a clear
> >> count of the number of dependent consumers. Once all of the
> >> consumers are active, the suppliers can turn off the unused
> >> resources without making assumptions about the number of consumers.
> >>
> >> By default we just add device-links to track "driver presence" (probe
> >> succeeded) of the supplier device. If any other functionality provided
> >> by device-links are needed, it is left to the consumer/supplier
> >> devices to change the link when they probe.
> >>
> >> v1 -> v2:
> >> - Drop patch to speed up of_find_device_by_node()
> >> - Drop depends-on property and use existing bindings
> >>
> >> v2 -> v3:
> >> - Refactor the code to have driver core initiate the linking of devs
> >> - Have driver core link consumers to supplier before it's probed
> >> - Add support for drivers to edit the device links before probing
> >>
> >> v3 -> v4:
> >> - Tested edit_links() on system with cyclic dependency. Works.
> >> - Added some checks to make sure device link isn't attempted from
> >> parent device node to child device node.
> >> - Added way to pause/resume sync_state callbacks across
> >> of_platform_populate().
> >> - Recursively parse DT node to create device links from parent to
> >> suppliers of parent and all child nodes.
> >>
> >> v4 -> v5:
> >> - Fixed copy-pasta bugs with linked list handling
> >> - Walk up the phandle reference till I find an actual device (needed
> >> for regulators to work)
> >> - Added support for linking devices from regulator DT bindings
> >> - Tested the whole series again to make sure cyclic dependencies are
> >> broken with edit_links() and regulator links are created properly.
> >>
> >> v5 -> v6:
> >> - Split, squashed and reordered some of the patches.
> >> - Refactored the device linking code to follow the same code pattern for
> >> any property.
> >>
> >> v6 -> v7:
> >> - No functional changes.
> >> - Renamed i to index
> >> - Added comment to clarify not having to check property name for every
> >> index
> >> - Added "matched" variable to clarify code. No functional change.
> >> - Added comments to include/linux/device.h for add_links()
> >>
> >> I've also not updated this patch series to handle the new patch [1] from
> >> Rafael. Will do that once this patch series is close to being Acked.
> >>
> >> [1] - https://lore.kernel.org/lkml/3121545.4lOhFoIcdQ@kreacher/
> >
> >
> > This looks sane to me. Anyone have any objections for me queueing this
> > up for my tree to get into linux-next now?
>
> I would like for the series to get into linux-next sooner than later,
> and spend some time there.

Ok, care to give me an ack for it? :)

thanks,

greg k-h

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