Re: [RFC PATCH 2/3] drivers: mfd: vexpress: add timeout API tovexpress config interface
From: Lorenzo Pieralisi
Date: Mon Jun 03 2013 - 09:15:41 EST
On Mon, Jun 03, 2013 at 01:03:50PM +0100, Jon Medhurst (Tixy) wrote:
> On Mon, 2013-06-03 at 12:52 +0100, Lorenzo Pieralisi wrote:
> > On Mon, Jun 03, 2013 at 11:15:32AM +0100, Jon Medhurst (Tixy) wrote:
> > > On Fri, 2013-05-24 at 13:53 +0100, Lorenzo Pieralisi wrote:
> > > > In case some transactions to the Serial Power Controller (SPC) are lost owing
> > > > to multiple operations handled at once by the M3 controller the OS needs to
> > > > rely on a configuration API that can time out so that failures do not result
> > > > in an unusable system.
> > > >
> > > > This patch adds a timeout API to the vexpress config programming interface,
> > > > and refactors the existing read/write functions so that they can be reused
> > > > seamlessly on top of the newly defined API.
> > >
> > > Isn't one of the main purposes of the config interface to serialise
> > > transactions to the config bus, so why would the SPC be handling
> > > multiple transactions at once? And if we can in fact loose transactions
> > > doesn't this mean we get random failures in the system? E.g. if this
> > > happened at boot in vexpress_spc_populate_opps then cpufreq will fail.
> > It has more to do with firmware carrying out background operations like
> > powering up a cluster when a DVFS is requested.
> Would that make it drop transactions or just take a longer time to get
> around to servicing them?
It should just take longer to service them, that's what the behaviour
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