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SubjectRe: [PATCH v5 01/16] dt-bindings: regulator: Document ROHM BD71282 regulator bindings
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On Mon, 2019-12-02 at 13:11 +0000, Mark Brown wrote:
> On Mon, Dec 02, 2019 at 07:57:13AM +0000, Vaittinen, Matti wrote:
> > On Fri, 2019-11-29 at 12:09 +0000, Mark Brown wrote:
> > > The regulator driver has a bunch fo set_suspend_ operations.
> > Hmm. I saw these. But unless I am mistaken linux only knows one
> > 'suspend' state whereas the PMIC has a few separate states I can
> > see as
> > 'suspend' states. As far as I understood the set_suspend_voltage
> > does
> > not allow setting separate suspend voltages depending on the "type
> > of
> > suspend" (as there is only one 'suspend' state).
>
> No, look at the bindings - we support a bunch of different
> suspend states matching the different suspend states that the
> kernel as a whole supports. We don't assume that the device will
> know this but you can always use the current suspend we're going
> for to decide where to update.

Hm. So if I understand this correctly, you mean user should set the
suspend 'target' - and then call the set_suspend_voltage for this
state. To set voltages for all states one should do loop

get_current_mode()

for_all_modes() {
set_mode()
set_voltage()
}

restore_original_mode()

am I on a right track? I'll try to see if I can find some examples of
this - thanks.

>
> > > > (RUN0, ... RUN3) could be mapped to regulator modes
> > > > REGULATOR_MODE_FAST, REGULATOR_MODE_NORMAL, REGULATOR_MODE_IDLE
> > > > and
> > > > REGULATOR_MODE_STANDBY. But regulators which are controlled by
> > > > these
> > > That doesn't make sense at all, the modes affect the quality of
> > > regulation not the voltage that is set.
> > Thanks. I misunderstood this. I thought these states could be used
> > for
> > some adaptive voltages. My understanding is that the RUN0,...RUN3
> > are
> > designed for that - but I didn't know if regulator framework is
> > designed for this.
>
> The framework doesn't care how a device is controlled, that's up
> to the device. Like I said I recommend figuring out what
> voltages are useful to have quick access to at runtime, for
> example it's likely that it's good to have quick access to the
> highest voltage that's been set (and/or the top of the
> constraints).

Problem is that the run-level controlled regulator can't be
individually controlled (unless it is only regulator in the group). I
misunderstood these REGULATOR_MODE_FAST, ...,REGULATOR_MODE_STANDBY to
be global 'states' rather than states of individual regulators. And I
thought these were also designed for voltage scaling. But as I said, I
misunderstood them - so thanks for correcting me on this.

>
> > > The cpufreq code is all there in kernel - drivers/cpufreq. I
> > > can't
> > > remember if Android still has a custom governor in their trees
> > > but it
> > > doesn't really make much difference in terms of how it interacts
> > > with
> > > the regulator drivers.
> > Right. I guess your answers mean that there is no "regulator group
> > control" for "adaptive voltage changes" supported by regulator
>
> I can't parse the above, sorry. What is "regulator group
> control"?

I mean bundling the regulators in a group - and changing state for all
of the bundled regulators in one go. The thing I mentioned earlier -
and I guess you did already confirm it's not doable. I think you said
that only 'mass operation' or 'group operation' is the suspend.

But just to confirm, I meant for example assigning bucks 1,2,6 and 7
into a group which 'state' is changed via GPIO line. Say 'states' are
RUN0, RUN1. For each of these bucks we can define a voltage and
enable/disable status which is to be used on RUN0, and another
voltage/state tuple for RUN1.

When certain 'trigger' is detected (I assume CPU load here and adaptive
voltage scaling - but this is just my assumption of the use-case for
now) the PMIC state can be quickly changed via this GPIO toggle.

In realty, we have two GPIOs and 4 states - but that does not change
the princible. I don't think there is any 'de-facto' mechanism to
control such groups.


Br,
Matti Vaittinen
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