Re: [PATCH] arm64: dts: mt8183: Add node for the Mali GPU

From: Alyssa Rosenzweig
Date: Fri Sep 13 2019 - 14:17:39 EST

> > > The binding we use with out-of-tree Mali drivers includes more
> > > clocks, I assume this would be required eventually if we have an
> > > in-tree driver:
> >
> > We have an in-tree driver...
> Right but AFAICT it does not support Bifrost GPU (yet?).

By the time MT8183 shows up in more concrete devices, it will, certainly
in kernel-space and likely in userspace as well. At present, the DDK can
be modified to run on top of the in-tree Mali drivers, i.e. "Bifrost on
mainline linux-next (+ page table/compatible patches), with blob

While the open userspace isn't ready here quite yet, I would definitely
encourage upstream kernel for ChromeOS, since then there's no need to
maintain the out-of-tree GPU driver.


More immediately, per Rob's review, it's important that the bindings
accepted upstream work with the in-tree Bifrost driver. Conceptually,
once Mesa supports Bifrost, if I install Debian on a MT8183 board,
everything should just work. I shouldn't need MT-specific changes / need
to change names for the DT. Regardless of which kernel driver you end up
using, minimally sharing the DT is good for everyone :-)


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