Re: [PATCH v9 0/7] Solve postboot supplier cleanup and optimize probe ordering

From: Greg Kroah-Hartman
Date: Thu Aug 01 2019 - 02:12:21 EST

On Wed, Jul 31, 2019 at 03:17:13PM -0700, Saravana Kannan wrote:
> Add device-links to track functional dependencies between devices
> after they are created (but before they are probed) by looking at
> their common DT bindings like clocks, interconnects, etc.
> Having functional dependencies automatically added before the devices
> are probed, provides the following benefits:
> - Optimizes device probe order and avoids the useless work of
> attempting probes of devices that will not probe successfully
> (because their suppliers aren't present or haven't probed yet).
> For example, in a commonly available mobile SoC, registering just
> one consumer device's driver at an initcall level earlier than the
> supplier device's driver causes 11 failed probe attempts before the
> consumer device probes successfully. This was with a kernel with all
> the drivers statically compiled in. This problem gets a lot worse if
> all the drivers are loaded as modules without direct symbol
> dependencies.
> - Supplier devices like clock providers, interconnect providers, etc
> need to keep the resources they provide active and at a particular
> state(s) during boot up even if their current set of consumers don't
> request the resource to be active. This is because the rest of the
> consumers might not have probed yet and turning off the resource
> before all the consumers have probed could lead to a hang or
> undesired user experience.
> Some frameworks (Eg: regulator) handle this today by turning off
> "unused" resources at late_initcall_sync and hoping all the devices
> have probed by then. This is not a valid assumption for systems with
> loadable modules. Other frameworks (Eg: clock) just don't handle
> this due to the lack of a clear signal for when they can turn off
> resources. This leads to downstream hacks to handle cases like this
> that can easily be solved in the upstream kernel.
> By linking devices before they are probed, we give suppliers a clear
> count of the number of dependent consumers. Once all of the
> consumers are active, the suppliers can turn off the unused
> resources without making assumptions about the number of consumers.
> By default we just add device-links to track "driver presence" (probe
> succeeded) of the supplier device. If any other functionality provided
> by device-links are needed, it is left to the consumer/supplier
> devices to change the link when they probe.

All now queued up in my driver-core-testing branch, and if 0-day is
happy with this, will move it to my "real" driver-core-next branch in a
day or so to get included in linux-next.

thanks for sticking with this!

greg k-h