Re: [RFC 02/11] dt-bindings: power: amlogic, meson-gx-pwrc: Add SM1 bindings

From: Martin Blumenstingl
Date: Tue Aug 20 2019 - 01:46:10 EST

Hi Kevin,

On Tue, Aug 20, 2019 at 2:06 AM Kevin Hilman <khilman@xxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
> >> +ao_sysctrl: sys-ctrl@0 {
> >> + compatible = "amlogic,meson-gx-ao-sysctrl", "syscon", "simple-mfd";
> >> + reg = <0x0 0x0 0x0 0x100>;
> >> +
> >> + pwrc: power-controller {
> >> + compatible = "amlogic,meson-sm1-pwrc";
> >> + #power-domain-cells = <1>;
> >> + amlogic,hhi-sysctrl = <&hhi>;
> >> + };
> >> +};
> >
> > I'm not sure that we want to mix HHI and AO power domains in one driver again
> We're not mixing here. These are all EE domains. They just have some
> control registers in the AO memory region.
looking at patch 04/11 I see what you mean
(I'm describing it in my own words to make sure I got it right)
we are controlling the EE power domains with this binding.
each power domain has 1 bit in the HHI registers and 2 more bits
("sleep" and "isolation") in the AO region

then it makes sense to describe this together

> > back in March I asked a few questions about modelling the power
> > domains and Kevin explained that we can implement them hierarchical:
> > [0]
> > unfortunately I didn't have the time to work on this - however, now
> > that we implement a new driver: should we follow this hierarchical
> > approach?
> The more I look at this, I don't think we have a commpelling need to
> model them hierarchically. The main reason being is that of the 3
> top-level domains I listed[0], we can only managing the EE domains in the
> kernel. It doesn't make sense to model/manage AO domains because, well,
> they are always-on (AO). The CPU domains are managed my the PSCI
> firmware, and we don't/won't have any control over that.
agreed, this is the same for the 32-bit SoCs except that we manage the
CPU domains in arch/arm/mach-meson/platsmp.c instead of PSCI firmware
(no problem here, I'm just mentioning it to get a complete picture)

> For that reason, I think it makes the most sense to have a generic
> driver that handles all the EE domains.
> IMO, the SM1 driver that Neil wrote in patch 4 of this series is 80%
> there. If we generalize that little more, it can be quite easily used
> for all the EE domains.
with your description above I agree.

for the 32-bit SoCs it would be beneficial if the register layout in
the bindings was swapped:
- have the power controller as child of HHI
- pass the AO syscon

my main points for this are:
- it seems that for some power domains there are no AO register bits,
for example the Ethernet Memory PD (GXBB datasheet [0] section 18.3 on
page 48 and Meson8b datasheet [1] section 5.4 on page 17)
- less confusion: if it's a power domain controller for the EE region
then it should be located there, even if it has additional bits
- (weakest argument though) on the 32-bit SoCs we currently don't have
a "big AO syscon" (and I don't see that we actually need it), but we
do have a "amlogic,meson8b-pmu", "syscon" binding which covers
AO_RTI_GEN_PWR_SLEEP0 (I should probably extend it so it covers
AO_RTI_GEN_PWR_ISO0 as well, that just extra 4 bytes)

What do you think?