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SubjectRe: [PATCH v7 1/4] Documentation: dt: add common bindings for hwspinlock
Hi,

Sorry I've been away from this thread for a while.

On Wed, Feb 11, 2015 at 10:29:37AM +0000, Ohad Ben-Cohen wrote:
> On Fri, Feb 6, 2015 at 2:34 AM, Bjorn Andersson <bjorn@kryo.se> wrote:
> >> Yep, will do as soon as I hear from Ohad on what to do with the patch
> >> "hwspinlock/core: maintain a list of registered hwspinlock banks" that I
> >> dropped from v7. Without that and dropping hwlock-base-id, I can't get
> >> the translations done.
> >>
> >
> > My suggestion is to replace the global id-tree with a list of hwlocks
> > and iterate over these if we ever get more than one driver registered.
> > As long as #hwlock-drivers < log(#total-hwlocks) this should be
> > faster.
> >
> > I would however argue that clients that would notice any kind of
> > difference are using the API incorrectly.
> >
> > Unfortunately this is a somewhat larger change than just slapping DT
> > support on the framework :/
>
> I suspect we want to wait with framework changes until there's a real
> hardware use case justifying them.
>
> With regard to DT, however, we obviously do want to be prepared for
> multiple hwlock blocks even if they do not exist today.
>
> So how about adopting an approach where:
> - DT fully supports multi hwlock blocks (i.e. no global id field)
> - Framework left mostly unchanged at the moment. This means issuing an
> explicit error in case a secondary hwlock block shows up, and then
> hwlock id could trivially be the lock index.
>
> If multi hwlock hardware use case, or some new hwlock id translation
> requirements, do show up in the future, it's always easy to add
> framework support for it. At that point we'll know better what the
> requirements are, and framework changes would be justifiable.

As mentioned in my other reply I think we need to be explicit now when
defining the set of hwlocks (and their namming/numbering) shared between
a given set of processors, as we do with other resources
(GPIOs/regulators/whatever).

We also need to be explicit in describing the set of actors which use
those locks.

I think my previous proposal covered both of those.

Thanks,
Mark.


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