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SubjectRe: [PATCH 02/25] thermal/drivers/hisi: Remove the multiple sensors support
On 17/10/2017 20:25, Eduardo Valentin wrote:
> Hello,
> On Tue, Oct 17, 2017 at 02:28:27PM +0200, Daniel Lezcano wrote:
>> On 17/10/2017 05:54, Eduardo Valentin wrote:
>>> On Tue, Oct 10, 2017 at 08:02:27PM +0200, Daniel Lezcano wrote:
>>>> By essence, the tsensor does not really support multiple sensor at the same
>>>> time. It allows to set a sensor and use it to get the temperature, another
>>>> sensor could be switched but with a delay of 3-5ms. It is difficult to read
>>>> simultaneously several sensors without a big delay.
>>> Is 3-5 ms enough to loose an event? Is this really a problem?
>> There are several aspects:
>> - the multiple sensors is not needed here
> Well, that is debatable, I cannot really agree or disagree with the
> above statement without understanding the use cases and most important,
> the location of each sensor. What is the location of each sensor?
>> - the temperature controller is not designed to read several sensors at
>> the same time, we switch the sensor and that clears some internal
>> buffers and re-init the controller
> Which is still very helpful in case you have multiple hotspots that you
> want to track and they are exposed on different workloads. Sacrificing
> the availability of sensors is something needs a better justification
> other than "current code uses only one".
>> - some boards can take 40°C in 1 sec, the temperature increase is
>> insanely fast and reading several sensors add an extra 15ms.
> Ok... What is the difference in update rate with and without the switch
> of sensors? With the above worst case, you have about 4/6 mC/ms. Can
> your tsensor support that resolution for a single sensor? What is the
> maximum resolution a tsensor can support? What is the penalty added with
> switch?
> Based on this data, and the above 3-5ms, that means you would miss about
> ~ 3 - 4 mC while switching ( assuming tsensor can really achieve the
> above rate of change: 5ms * 4/6 mC /ms). Are you sure that is
> enough justification to drop three extra sensors?

Ok if I refer to the documentation the rate is 0.768 ms with the current

The driver is currently bogus: register overwritten, bouncing interrupt,
unneeded lock, ... So the proposition was to remove the multiple sensors
support, clean the driver, and re-introduce it if there is a need.

If I remember correctly Leo, author of the driver, agreed on this. Leo ?

Note, I'm not strongly against multiple sensors support in the driver if
you think it is convenient but it is much simpler to remove the current
code as it is not used and put it back on top of a sane foundation
instead of circumventing that on the existing code.

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