Re: [PATCH v13 0/9] Per-user clock constraints

From: Tomeu Vizoso
Date: Wed Sep 24 2014 - 04:27:34 EST

On 09/23/2014 10:59 PM, Stephen Boyd wrote:
> On 09/23/14 11:40, Tomeu Vizoso wrote:
>> Hello,
>> this version of the patchset addresses some issues that Russell pointed out
>> yesterday:
>> * Refactor the changes to clkdev.c to reduce the amount of ifdefs.
>> * Properly release clocks when there isn't enough memory to create the per-user
>> wrapper.
>> * Add clk_provider_put(struct clk_core*) for clock implementations to call
>> instead of clk_put(struct clk*) (instead of exposing __clk_put).
>> As the previous versions, this is based on top of 3.17-rc4 and Mike's patch at
>> [0].
> Any thoughts on my comments on patch set #10[1]? It seems like we can
> avoid having a flag day to support this.

I cannot say that I fully understand your proposal, but IMO the most
valuable thing in this patchset is precisely the API split (and thus,
the flag day is inherent to it).

I see a lot of value in clk consumers to use a defined set of functions
that all take and/or return struct clk, and for providers to use the
functions that take and/or return struct clk_core. Makes the API clearer
and allows it to have a more scalable growth in the future.

A less important feature of the patchset are per-user clocks, which (if
I understand correctly) your proposal would address without requiring a
flag day.

And then we have clock constraints, which is probably the least
important feature in the grand scheme of things, but it's actually what
I personally care about.

If we wanted to add a way for clk users to specify clock constraints
without any refactoring, we could easily do so by reusing the request
pattern that pm_qos uses:

void clk_add_constraint(struct clk_request *req,
int constraint_type,
unsigned long value);

void clk_update_constraint(struct clk_request *req,
unsigned long new_value);

void clk_remove_constraint(struct clk_request *req);

It wouldn't be that bad IMO, but the API refactoring was something that
was long desired and this was seen as a good opportunity to tackle it
before it gets worst.



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