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SubjectRe: [PATCH v4 03/17] drm/uAPI: Add "active bpc" as feedback channel for "max bpc" drm property
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Am 28.06.21 um 19:03 schrieb Werner Sembach:
> Am 18.06.21 um 11:11 schrieb Werner Sembach:
>> Add a new general drm property "active bpc" which can be used by graphic
>> drivers to report the applied bit depth per pixel back to userspace.
>>
>> While "max bpc" can be used to change the color depth, there was no way to
>> check which one actually got used. While in theory the driver chooses the
>> best/highest color depth within the max bpc setting a user might not be
>> fully aware what his hardware is or isn't capable off. This is meant as a
>> quick way to double check the setup.
>>
>> In the future, automatic color calibration for screens might also depend on
>> this information being available.
>>
>> Signed-off-by: Werner Sembach <wse@tuxedocomputers.com>
>> ---
>> drivers/gpu/drm/drm_connector.c | 51 +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
>> include/drm/drm_connector.h | 8 ++++++
>> 2 files changed, 59 insertions(+)
>>
>> diff --git a/drivers/gpu/drm/drm_connector.c b/drivers/gpu/drm/drm_connector.c
>> index da39e7ff6965..943f6b61053b 100644
>> --- a/drivers/gpu/drm/drm_connector.c
>> +++ b/drivers/gpu/drm/drm_connector.c
>> @@ -1197,6 +1197,14 @@ static const struct drm_prop_enum_list dp_colorspaces[] = {
>> * drm_connector_attach_max_bpc_property() to create and attach the
>> * property to the connector during initialization.
>> *
>> + * active bpc:
>> + * This read-only range property tells userspace the pixel color bit depth
>> + * actually used by the hardware display engine on "the cable" on a
>> + * connector. The chosen value depends on hardware capabilities, both
>> + * display engine and connected monitor, and the "max bpc" property.
>> + * Drivers shall use drm_connector_attach_active_bpc_property() to install
>> + * this property.
>> + *
> Regarding "on the cable" and dithering: As far as I can tell, what the dithering option does, is setting a hardware
> register here:
>
> - https://elixir.bootlin.com/linux/v5.13/source/drivers/gpu/drm/i915/display/intel_display.c#L4534
>
> - https://elixir.bootlin.com/linux/v5.13/source/drivers/gpu/drm/i915/display/intel_display.c#L4571
>
> So dithering seems to be calculated by fixed purpose hardware/firmware outside of the driver?
>
> The Intel driver does not seem to set a target bpc/bpp for this hardware so I guess it defaults to 6 or 8 bpc?

Never mind it does. This switch-case does affect the dithering output:
https://elixir.bootlin.com/linux/v5.13/source/drivers/gpu/drm/i915/display/intel_display.c#L4537

As found in this documentation p.548:
https://01.org/sites/default/files/documentation/intel-gfx-prm-osrc-lkf-vol02c-commandreference-registers-part2.pdf

So max bpc and active bpc are affecting/affected by the bpc after dithering.

>
> Similar things happen on amd. Here the output dither depth seems to be written to a fixed value however:
>
> - https://elixir.bootlin.com/linux/v5.13/source/drivers/gpu/drm/amd/display/dc/dce/dce_transform.c#L828
>
> - https://elixir.bootlin.com/linux/v5.13/source/drivers/gpu/drm/amd/display/dc/dce/dce_transform.c#L769
>
> Does anyone know about a resource where I can read up on the used registers and what this hardware actually does?
Searching now for a similar register reference for AMD GPUs.
>
> My proposal for now: "max bpc" affects what happens before dither, so I would keep "active bpc" the same and add another
> drm property "dither active: true/false". No additional property to control dither, as amdgpu does have one already
> (which isn't always active?) and Intel driver does only seem prepared for dithering at 6bpc (albeit I don't know why to
> dither at 6bpc and what depth to dither to?).
>
>> * Connectors also have one standardized atomic property:
>> *
>> * CRTC_ID:
>> @@ -2152,6 +2160,49 @@ int drm_connector_attach_max_bpc_property(struct drm_connector *connector,
>> }
>> EXPORT_SYMBOL(drm_connector_attach_max_bpc_property);
>>
>> +/**
>> + * drm_connector_attach_active_bpc_property - attach "active bpc" property
>> + * @connector: connector to attach active bpc property on.
>> + * @min: The minimum bit depth supported by the connector.
>> + * @max: The maximum bit depth supported by the connector.
>> + *
>> + * This is used to check the applied bit depth on a connector.
>> + *
>> + * Returns:
>> + * Zero on success, negative errno on failure.
>> + */
>> +int drm_connector_attach_active_bpc_property(struct drm_connector *connector, int min, int max)
>> +{
>> + struct drm_device *dev = connector->dev;
>> + struct drm_property *prop;
>> +
>> + if (!connector->active_bpc_property) {
>> + prop = drm_property_create_range(dev, DRM_MODE_PROP_IMMUTABLE, "active bpc",
>> + min, max);
>> + if (!prop)
>> + return -ENOMEM;
>> +
>> + connector->active_bpc_property = prop;
>> + drm_object_attach_property(&connector->base, prop, 0);
>> + }
>> +
>> + return 0;
>> +}
>> +EXPORT_SYMBOL(drm_connector_attach_active_bpc_property);
>> +
>> +/**
>> + * drm_connector_set_active_bpc_property - sets the active bits per color property for a connector
>> + * @connector: drm connector
>> + * @active_bpc: bits per color for the connector currently active on "the cable"
>> + *
>> + * Should be used by atomic drivers to update the active bits per color over a connector.
>> + */
>> +void drm_connector_set_active_bpc_property(struct drm_connector *connector, int active_bpc)
>> +{
>> + drm_object_property_set_value(&connector->base, connector->active_bpc_property, active_bpc);
>> +}
>> +EXPORT_SYMBOL(drm_connector_set_active_bpc_property);
>> +
>> /**
>> * drm_connector_attach_hdr_output_metadata_property - attach "HDR_OUTPUT_METADA" property
>> * @connector: connector to attach the property on.
>> diff --git a/include/drm/drm_connector.h b/include/drm/drm_connector.h
>> index 714d1a01c065..eee86de62a5f 100644
>> --- a/include/drm/drm_connector.h
>> +++ b/include/drm/drm_connector.h
>> @@ -1380,6 +1380,12 @@ struct drm_connector {
>> */
>> struct drm_property *max_bpc_property;
>>
>> + /**
>> + * @active_bpc_property: Default connector property for the active bpc
>> + * to be driven out of the connector.
>> + */
>> + struct drm_property *active_bpc_property;
>> +
>> #define DRM_CONNECTOR_POLL_HPD (1 << 0)
>> #define DRM_CONNECTOR_POLL_CONNECT (1 << 1)
>> #define DRM_CONNECTOR_POLL_DISCONNECT (1 << 2)
>> @@ -1702,6 +1708,8 @@ int drm_connector_set_panel_orientation_with_quirk(
>> int width, int height);
>> int drm_connector_attach_max_bpc_property(struct drm_connector *connector,
>> int min, int max);
>> +int drm_connector_attach_active_bpc_property(struct drm_connector *connector, int min, int max);
>> +void drm_connector_set_active_bpc_property(struct drm_connector *connector, int active_bpc);
>>
>> /**
>> * struct drm_tile_group - Tile group metadata
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