Re: [PATCH] regulator: core: allow non-exact matches in regulator_set_voltage_time()

From: Lucas Stach
Date: Mon Jun 02 2014 - 06:28:35 EST

Am Sonntag, den 01.06.2014, 12:38 +0100 schrieb Mark Brown:
> On Wed, May 21, 2014 at 06:53:59PM +0200, Lucas Stach wrote:
> > Currently this function only provides a valid output if both
> > old_uV and new_uV are exact voltages that can be provided by the
> > regulator.
> > This is almost impossible to achive as the consumer has
> > no way to know the exact voltages provided by the regulator.
> Yes it does - this is what regulator_list_voltage() is there for.
> Drivers can enumerate all the voltages supported by a regulator.
> > This breaks the current cpufreq users of this function, as they
> > stick in the raw voltages retrieved from their operating points,
> > which may or may not match one of the regulator voltages.
> At least the code in cpufreq-cpu0 looks a bit confused here. The use of
> min_uV and max_uV is a bit unclear but probably correct however for some
> reason it appears that what it's doing is stepping through each single
> step transition between two adjacent frequencies, getting the transition
> latency for that and then summing those. Given that it needs a single
> number I'd expect it to instead be getting the minimum and maximum
> voltages and then working out the highest latency for transitioning
> between those, what it's doing at the minute will be overestimating any
> fixed component of transition latency (from the time taken to issue
> commands to the device for example).
Note the add is not within any loop, so what cpufreq-cpu0 currently does
is getting the lowest and highest voltage and using the transition time
between those two. It's just adding this to a fixed delay used to
represent other delays like PLL relock.

> Incidentally the clock API ought to have a similar thing - at the minute
> the driver just has a fixed number stuffed into it from DT but it really
> ought to be able to ask the clock API in the same way as it asks the
> regulator API.
Right, this should be easily fixable by calling clk_round_rate() on te
OPP defined frequencies.

> > To make this function behave as expected employ the same logic
> > as used when calling set_voltage() and round the voltages to
> > the closest matching voltage supported by the regulator.
> That's not what the set_voltage() code does - what it does is find the
> lowest voltage in the requested range.
> Your code won't actually do quite what cpufreq-cpu0 is doing since it
> uses set_voltage_tol() which will ask for a range around the voltage
> it's trying to set so the query in cpufreq-cpu0 will come out as
> something different to what the driver actually ends up doing when it
> does transitions. We should probably add functions to query what the
> actual voltage selected for a given set_voltage() and set_voltage_tol()
> will be then let that be fed into requesting the transition times.

Hm, this sounds a lot like clk_round_rate() for the regulator API which
sounds like a sensible addition. One problem I see here is that the
result is not really a static value, but rather depends on the
consumers. If we call into the regulator API early to ask about the
voltage we will get when asking for a range, the result may well be
different than the real value after other consumers have registered
themselves with a different min_uV.


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