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SubjectRe: [RFC v2 1/1] drm/lima: Add optional devfreq support
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On 2019-12-31 4:47 pm, Martin Blumenstingl wrote:
> Hi Robin,
>
> On Tue, Dec 31, 2019 at 5:40 PM Robin Murphy <robin.murphy@arm.com> wrote:
>>
>> On 2019-12-31 2:17 pm, Martin Blumenstingl wrote:
>>> Hi Robin,
>>>
>>> On Mon, Dec 30, 2019 at 1:47 AM Robin Murphy <robin.murphy@arm.com> wrote:
>>>>
>>>> On 2019-12-29 11:19 pm, Martin Blumenstingl wrote:
>>>>> Hi Robin,
>>>>>
>>>>> On Sun, Dec 29, 2019 at 11:58 PM Robin Murphy <robin.murphy@arm.com> wrote:
>>>>>>
>>>>>> Hi Martin,
>>>>>>
>>>>>> On 2019-12-27 5:37 pm, Martin Blumenstingl wrote:
>>>>>>> Most platforms with a Mali-400 or Mali-450 GPU also have support for
>>>>>>> changing the GPU clock frequency. Add devfreq support so the GPU clock
>>>>>>> rate is updated based on the actual GPU usage when the
>>>>>>> "operating-points-v2" property is present in the board.dts.
>>>>>>>
>>>>>>> The actual devfreq code is taken from panfrost_devfreq.c and modified so
>>>>>>> it matches what the lima hardware needs:
>>>>>>> - a call to dev_pm_opp_set_clkname() during initialization because there
>>>>>>> are two clocks on Mali-4x0 IPs. "core" is the one that actually clocks
>>>>>>> the GPU so we need to control it using devfreq.
>>>>>>> - locking when reading or writing the devfreq statistics because (unlike
>>>>>>> than panfrost) we have multiple PP and GP IRQs which may finish jobs
>>>>>>> concurrently.
>>>>>>
>>>>>> I gave this a quick try on my RK3328, and the clock scaling indeed kicks
>>>>>> in nicely on the glmark2 scenes that struggle, however something appears
>>>>>> to be missing in terms of regulator association, as the appropriate OPP
>>>>>> voltages aren't reflected in the GPU supply (fortunately the initial
>>>>>> voltage seems close enough to that of the highest OPP not to cause major
>>>>>> problems, on my box at least). With panfrost on RK3399 I do see the
>>>>>> supply voltage scaling accordingly, but I don't know my way around
>>>>>> devfreq well enough to know what matters in the difference :/
>>>>> first of all: thank you for trying this out! :-)
>>>>>
>>>>> does your kernel include commit 221bc77914cbcc ("drm/panfrost: Use
>>>>> generic code for devfreq") for your panfrost test?
>>>>> if I understand the devfreq API correct then I suspect with that
>>>>> commit panfrost also won't change the voltage anymore.
>>>>
>>>> Oh, you're quite right - I was already considering that change as
>>>> ancient history, but indeed it's only in 5.5-rc, while that board is
>>>> still on 5.4.y release kernels. No wonder I couldn't make sense of how
>>>> the (current) code could possibly be working :)
>>>>
>>>> I'll try the latest -rc kernel tomorrow to confirm (now that PCIe is
>>>> hopefully fixed), but I'm already fairly confident you've called it
>>>> correctly.
>>> I just tested it with the lima driver (by undervolting the GPU by
>>> 0.05V) and it seems that dev_pm_opp_set_regulators is really needed.
>>> I'll fix this in the next version of this patch and also submit a fix
>>> for panfrost (I won't be able to test that though, so help is
>>> appreciated in terms of testing :))
>>
>> Yeah, I started hacking something up for panfrost yesterday, but at the
>> point of realising the core OPP code wants refactoring to actually
>> handle optional regulators without spewing errors, decided that was
>> crossing the line into "work" and thus could wait until next week :D
> I'm not sure what you mean, dev_pm_opp_set_regulators uses
> regulator_get_optional.
> doesn't that mean that it is optional already?

Indeed it does call regulator_get_optional(), but it then goes on to
treat the absence of a supposedly-optional regulator as a hard failure.
It doesn't seem very useful having a nice abstracted interface if users
still end up have to dance around and duplicate half the parsing in
order to work out whether it's worth calling or not - far better IMO if
it could just successfully set/put zero regulators in the cases where
the OPPs are behind a firmware/mailbox DVFS interface rather than
explicit in-kernel clock/regulator control.

That said, given that I think the current lima/panfrost users should all
be relatively simple with either 0 or 1 regulator, you could probably
just special-case -ENODEV and accept a spurious error message sometimes
for the sake of an immediate fix, then we can make general improvements
to the interface separately afterwards.

Robin.

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