Re: [PATCH] ata: add AMD Seattle platform driver

From: Arnd Bergmann
Date: Fri Jan 08 2016 - 03:47:38 EST

On Thursday 07 January 2016 19:46:08 Brijesh Singh wrote:
> Hi,
> On 01/07/2016 05:42 PM, Arnd Bergmann wrote:
> > On Thursday 07 January 2016 16:24:22 Brijesh Singh wrote:
> >>>> +
> >>>> +Examples:
> >>>> + sata0@e0300000 {
> >>>> + compatible = "amd,seattle-ahci";
> >>>> + reg = <0x0 0xe0300000 0x0 0xf0000>, <0x0 0xe0000078 0x0 0x1>;
> >>>
> >>> Looking at the register values, I doubt that the SGPIO is actually part of the
> >>> sata device. More likely, you are pointing in the middle of an actual
> >>> GPIO controller.
> >>>
> >>
> >> That address is SGPIO control register for SATA. The current hardware implementation to control activity LED is not ideal.
> >
> > Of course its a control register "for" SATA, what I meant is that it's
> > not part "of" the SATA IP block, which is hopefully a standard AHCI
> > compliant part as required by SBSA.
> >
> Yes, its not part of SATA IP block. We just need a method of pass SGPIO
> control register address to driver.
> Should I consider adding a property "sgpio-ctrl" to pass the register
> address ?
> e.g
> sata0@e0300000 {
> compatible = "amd,seattle-ahci";
> reg = <0 0xe0300000 0 0x800>;
> amd,sgpio-ctrl = <0xe0000078>;
> interrupts = <0 355 4>;
> clocks = <&sataclk_333mhz>;
> dma-coherent;
> };

We generally don't refer to register locations with properties other than
'reg', so that approach would be worse. What I'd suggest you do is to
have the sgpio registers in a separate device node, and use the LED
binding to access it, see


It seems that none of the drivers/ata/ drivers use the leds interface
today, but that can be added to libata-*.c whenever the appropriate
properties are there.

> > This one is rather different: there is a single device that combines
> > registers for AHCI, the PHY attached to it and the LED. This is not
> > SBSA compliant of course, and it requires having a special driver.
> >
> > What you have instead looks like a regular AHCI implementation that
> > should just work with the standard driver as long as you describe how
> > it gets its LEDs.
> >
> Yes, its regular AHCI implementation and works well with ahci_platform
> driver. In standard ahci_platform driver activity LEDs are blinked
> through enclosure management interface. Given the current hardware
> limitation it seems like creating a new driver would be cleaner. I am
> open to suggestion.

I'd say the code in drivers/ata should be kept completely generic, referring
only to the include/linux/leds.h interfaces and properties added to
Documentation/devicetree/bindings/ata/ahci-platform.txt (if any).

For the driver that actually owns the register, it depends a bit on how
the hardware is structured, and you'd need to look at the datasheet (or
talk to a hardware designer) for that.

I suspect we should have a node for the entire block of registers
around the SGPIO, presumably something like

syscon@0xe0000000 {
compatible = "amd,$SOC_ID"-lsioc", "syscon";
reg = <0xe0000000 0x1000>; /* find the actual length in the datasheet */

That way, any driver that ends up needing a register from this block
can use the syscon interface to get hold of a mapping, and/or you can
have a high-level driver to expose other functionalities. It's probably
best to start doing it either entirely using syscon references from
other drivers, or using no syscon references, and putting everything into
a driver for the register set, but as I said it depends a lot on what
else is in there.

Can you send me a register list of the 0xe0000000 segment for reference?