Re: [PATCH 0/3] GPIO support for BRCMSTB

From: Linus Walleij
Date: Wed May 13 2015 - 04:59:58 EST

On Tue, May 12, 2015 at 9:38 PM, Gregory Fong <gregory.0xf0@xxxxxxxxx> wrote:
> On Tue, May 12, 2015 at 3:59 AM, Linus Walleij <linus.walleij@xxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
>> On Wed, May 6, 2015 at 10:37 AM, Gregory Fong <gregory.0xf0@xxxxxxxxx> wrote:
>>> There is only one IRQ for each GIO IP block (i.e. several register banks share
>>> an IRQ). After briefly looking into the generic IRQ chip implementation, it
>>> seemed like in this case that using it would result in the driver being more
>>> complex than necessary because AFAICT it expects a 1:1 mapping of
>>> irq_chip_generic to gpio_chip. It seemed like less of a pain to have a single
>>> irq_chip since we have a single IRQ for all register banks (multiple
>>> gpio_chips). I might be missing something, maybe using a shared IRQ across
>>> multiple irq_chips is easier than I think? Suggestions welcome.
>> What is needed is a 1:1 mapping between GPIO offsets and IRQ
>> offsets.
>> If you just number your GPIOs 0...n and your IRQs 0...n
>> it should work just fine with one irqchip for all banks.
>> What screws things up is likely that the hardware supports
>> 32 lines per bank and not all are used.
>> I suggest you enable 32 line and 32 IRQs per bank,
>> so that hwirq maps nicely 1:1 on the GPIO offsets,
>> then just use the width thing to NACK operations on
>> GPIO lines you are not using. This way you can also
>> decode and warn on spurious IRQs on the unused lines.
> For having 32 lines per bank, the big problem here is the upper limit
> of 256 GPIOs.

Which arch is this?
Usually this limit comes from

For ARM that was bumped to 512 a while back. It is also possible
to define a custom value for your system by defining

> Anyway, I don't think I understand IRQ domains and irq_chip_generic
> very well. One possibility _might_ be to use multiple irq_chips.

That is probably not possible if there is just one IRQ for all

The task of the irqdomain is a 1-to-1 translation from one
hardware numberspace to the Linux IRQ number space.

In your case the hardware IRQ (hwirq) numberspace
should be:

bank0: 0..31
bank1: 32..63
bankn: 32*n..32*n+31

I think the gpiolib irqchip code can translate that properly
as it is just a simple 0...x mapping, the irq handler need
some magic to loop over all banks from 0..n though.

Linus Walleij
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