Re: [RFC PATCH 3/4] tty: serial: 8250 core: add runtime pm

From: Sebastian Andrzej Siewior
Date: Wed Jul 09 2014 - 07:36:11 EST

On 07/09/2014 01:17 PM, Tony Lindgren wrote:
> * One Thousand Gnomes <gnomes@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx> [140707 06:22]:
>> On Fri, 4 Jul 2014 18:34:10 +0200
>> Sebastian Andrzej Siewior <bigeasy@xxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
>>> While comparing the OMAP-serial and the 8250 part of this I noticed that
>>> the the latter does not use runtime-pm.
>> Yes it does, but 8250 parts (generally - omap presumably is special
>> here ?) need to be powered on to transmit/receive not just for register
>> access. The core uart layer implements a "pm" operation for this.
> At least for omaps the UARTs need to be idled for the SoC to
> hit off-idle where the SoC is powered off and rebooted during
> idle.
> So we can certainly enable this in a generic way, however, this
> can only be done under the following conditions:
> 1. We can save and restore the serial register context and detect
> when context was lost in the serial driver. The context loss
> can be detected by looking at some registers that are only
> initialized during init.

A register check on restore context? DLL+DLH might be a good hint here
since its value should be >0 in the running case.

> 2. There's a way for the serial RX pin to wake the SoC. On some
> omaps there's a separate pin specific wake-up interrupt that
> can be used for that.

That one would be handled by omap separately.

> 3. The serial PM features must be only enabled if requested by
> the user via sysfs. Typically extra latency and loss of the
> first RX character occur which is not acceptable to most
> applications.

Unless I'm mistaken the omap driver now initializes the timeout to -1.
So nothing happens unless this is enabled separately.

> Regards,
> Tony

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