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SubjectRe: [PATCH v3 06/10] mtd: brcmstb_nand: add SoC-specific support
On Fri, May 08, 2015 at 03:41:10PM +0200, Arnd Bergmann wrote:
> On Thursday 07 May 2015 11:42:46 Brian Norris wrote:
> > On Thu, May 07, 2015 at 12:01:02PM +0200, Arnd Bergmann wrote:
> > > The bus configuration would just involve writing
> > > a constant value in some register, right?
> >
> > I'm not an expert on the Cygnus/iProc chips, but I believe the answer is
> > no: we *must* reconfigure the bus before and after each data
> > transaction, because it affects the rest of the core too. Others on the
> > CC list can probably elaborate.
> That would not be a problem I think: the irqchip driver would always
> get initialized first, because the main driver would get an -EPROBE_DEFER
> when requesting the interrupt line otherwise.

Huh? I wasn't worried about initialization order. I was worried about
the fact that the "NAND" and "SoC" portions are very integrated when
handling the data path. And I think you agreed that this means we can't
do a straight-up irqchip.

FWIW, I agree that -EPROBE_DEFER can handle initialization ordering

> > > Doing that in the irqchip
> > > is also a bit ugly, but may still be better overall than doing it the
> > > way you have above.
> >
> > Well, the Cygnus/iProc case is more complicated as I mention. But I
> > agree that other cases could be nicer, like bcm63138 (which only has
> > separate interrupt status/enable registers). Do you expect a new irqchip
> > driver for every arrangement of registers like this? There are a few
> > similar chips that have status/enable registers in different orders, and
> > some that combine them into a single word. Do we really need a new
> > irqchip driver for each one? I might have done that for bcm63138 and
> > bcm3384, except that I thought I'd have to fall back to this extra
> > per-SoC support driver for Cygnus anyway.
> I assumed this one was the only odd one.

Yes, the Cygnus/iProc are the oddest. The others (BCM33xx (not yet
supported) and BCM63xxx) just have separate one-off interrupt register

To be clear, since I'm not sure if you're confused below:

* Cygnus is a family of chips using the IPROC architecture, coming from
the Infrastructure/Networking Group; there are BCMxxxx numbers noted
in arch/arm/mach-bcm/Kconfig for them, but I usually just refer to
the Cygnus family or the IPROC architecture.

* BCM63xxx is a class of DSL chips from the Broadband/Connectivity

> > > > > We recently merged nested irqdomain support as well, which might help here,
> > > > > or might not be needed.
> > > >
> > > > I'm not familiar with nested irqdomains. Do they address anything like
> > > > the above problem?
> > >
> > > The problem that nested irqdomains address is when an interrupt is handled
> > > by two irqchips, in particular when one irqchip handles a virtual interrupt
> > > number that was claimed by another irqchip already.
> >
> > I'll do some reading on that, but it definitely doesn't address the main
> > problem here.
> Ok, back to the drawing board then: How about turning the probe order around
> and splitting the SoC-specific part out into its own platform_driver:
> Instead of bus_prepare/bus_unprepare for bcm63138, you'd get a

bcm63138 does not need the bus_{,un}prepare. That's for IPROC/Cygnus.

> bcm63138_nand_driver with its own probe() function that calls the
> common probe function. That would make the soc specific parts
> better contained and match how we normally do abstractions of
> similar drivers.

OK, so I can imagine this might require changing the DT binding a bit [1]
(is that your goal?). But what's the intended software difference? [2]
I'll still be passing around the same sorts of callbacks from the
'iproc_nand' probe to the common probe function.


[1] e.g.:

nand: nand@18046000 {
compatible = "brcm,iproc-nand", "brcm,brcmnand-v6.1", "brcm,brcmnand";
reg = <0x18046000 0x600>, <0xf8105408 0x600>, <0x18046f00 0x20>;
reg-names = "nand", "iproc-idm", "iproc-ext";
interrupts = <GIC_SPI 69 IRQ_TYPE_LEVEL_HIGH>;

#address-cells = <1>;
#size-cells = <0>;


This captures the extra "iproc-*" register ranges. Then we could have
the iproc_nand driver bind against "brcm,iproc-nand", then call into the
common probe, which would then accept/reject based on

[2] The DT structure from [1] could actually accommodate either driver
structure just fine. So maybe that means it's a better hardware

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