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SubjectRE: [PATCH v2 2/3] soc: sifive: Add SiFive specific Cadence DDR controller driver

> -----Original Message-----
> From: Palmer Dabbelt <>
> Sent: Wednesday, September 9, 2020 8:42 AM
> To: Christoph Hellwig <>; Dhananjay Vilasrao Kangude
> <>
> Cc:;; Paul Walmsley
> <>;;;
>;; linux-
> Subject: Re: [PATCH v2 2/3] soc: sifive: Add SiFive specific Cadence DDR
> controller driver
> On Sun, 06 Sep 2020 23:11:26 PDT (-0700), Christoph Hellwig wrote:
> > On Mon, Sep 07, 2020 at 11:17:58AM +0530, Yash Shah wrote:
> >> Add a driver to manage the Cadence DDR controller present on SiFive
> >> SoCs At present the driver manages the EDAC feature of the DDR
> controller.
> >> Additional features may be added to the driver in future to control
> >> other aspects of the DDR controller.
> >
> > So if this is a generic(ish) Cadence IP block shouldn't it be named
> > Cadence and made generic? Or is the frontend somehow SiFive specific?
> For some reason I thought we had a SiFive-specific interface to this, but I may
> have gotten that confused with something else as it's been a while. Someone
> from SiFive would probably have a better idea, but it looks like the person I'd
> ask isn't thereany more so I'm all out of options ;)
> It looks like there was a very similar driver posted by Dhananjay Kangude
> from Cadence in April:
> S1ygiU1lA!UfVYWzQqCgaUNKN156ffKM5NkFoYtPhHapruC3yqme7nvbUBnD2
> mEHg8F6it4y4$ . Some of the register definitions seem to be different, but
> the code I looked at is very similar so there's at least some bits that could be
> shared. I found a v4 of that patch set, but that was back in May:
> mS1ygiU1lA!UfVYWzQqCgaUNKN156ffKM5NkFoYtPhHapruC3yqme7nvbUBnD
> 2mEHg8DeCwApk$ . It alludes to a v5, but I can't find one. I've added
> Dhananjay, maybe he knows what's up?
> I don't know enough about the block to know if the subtle difference in
> register names/offsets means. They look properly jumbled up (ie, not just an
> offset), so maybe there's just different versions or that's the SiFive-specific
> part I had bouncing around my head? Either way, it seems like one driver
> with some simple configuration could handle both of these -- either sticking
> the offsets in the DT (if they're going to be different everywhere) or by
> coming up with some version sort of thing (if there's a handful of these).
> I'm now also a bit worried about the provenace of this code. The two drivers
> are errily similar -- for example, the variable definitions in handle_ce()
> u64 err_c_addr = 0x0;
> u64 err_c_data = 0x0;
> u32 err_c_synd, err_c_id;
> u32 sig_val_l, sig_val_h;
> are exactly the same.
[Dhananjay Kangude]
Hi Palmer,
Sorry for delayed reply.
I was expecting new changes into the hardware IP since last couple of
months thus I haven't up streamed V5 patch till now. The cadence driver version
is of more generic for cadence DDR controllers which could be part of other SoCs too.
I would suggest Yash to patch Sifive specific changes once cadence DDR controller driver
get up streamed. I will send V5 in coming days.

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