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SubjectRe: [PATCH V3 00/10] PM: Create the AVS(Adaptive Voltage Scaling)
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Mark Brown <broonie@opensource.wolfsonmicro.com> writes:

> On Fri, Apr 27, 2012 at 02:01:17PM -0700, Kevin Hilman wrote:
>> Mark Brown <broonie@opensource.wolfsonmicro.com> writes:
>
>> > But presumably these things should integrate somehow - for example,
>> > should devfreq and cpufreq be providing inputs into what AVS is doing,
>> > and if so how?
>
>> The way it is currently designed, cpufreq/devfreq/regulator layers don't
>> need to know about AVS.
>
> Yes, and that was a part of my concern, but see below.
>
>> The higher-level layers only know about the "nominal" voltage. AVS
>> hardware does automatic, adaptive, micro-adjustments around that nominal
>> voltage, and these micro-adjustments are managed by the AVS hardware
>> sending commands to the PMIC. (specifically, on OMAP, the AVS sensors
>> provide inputs to the voltage processor (VP) which provide inputs to the
>> voltage controller (VC) which sends commands to the PMIC[1].)
>
> Right, that's what I'd understood it to be.
>
>> The driver proposed here is primarily for initializing the various
>> parameters/sensitivity/etc. of the AVS hardware, but the actual voltage
>> adjustments are done in hardware by VC/VP.
>
> It's not just a driver, though - it's also creating this power/avs
> thing, though now I look at the code rather than just its shape there's
> not actually an abstraction being added here, it's mostly just straight
> code motion of the arch/arm code that's there already. The changelog
> and the shape of the code make it sound like this is intended to be
> somewhat generic when really it's providing some OMAP specific tuning
> for the device which is much less of a concern.
>
> I guess for now it's probably OK to just clarify in the documentation
> and say that whoever adds the second driver has to work on making this
> generic :)

Agreed.

In a different thread (which I can't seem to find now) we discussed this
as well, so it just sounds like the changelog should clarify this a bit
better.

Kevin

> This does also sound rather like it's in a similar area to the current
> management work which Durgadoss R (CCed) was working on, though with a
> slightly different application and in the OMAP case it's pretty much all
> hidden in the external processor.



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