Re: [PATCH 2/2] misc: Add initial Digital Timing Engine (DTE) driver for cygnus

From: Richard Cochran
Date: Wed May 13 2015 - 11:21:40 EST

On Fri, May 01, 2015 at 12:01:07PM -0700, Jonathan Richardson wrote:
> The DTE creates timestamps of hardware based events such as GPIO, I2S
> signals for audio, etc. It was also intended to provide 802.1AS / PTP
> timestamps for network packets. The h/w has up to 32 "clients" -- the
> hardware inputs into a timestamping engine. These clients are specific
> to the chip the DTE is used on. For Cygnus you can see what they are in
> our 'enum dte_client' from bcm_cygnus_dte.h.

These 32 channels should either go to kernel consumers (i2s audio) or,
if there aren't any, to the generic PTP ioctl.

> The DTE timestamper creates timestamps based on the current clock wall
> time.

What do you mean by "wall time"? CLOCK_REALTIME?

> When an event occurs it stores the timestamp in a h/w FIFO. Each
> client also has a divider that can be set to control the rate that
> timestamps are generated at by the timestamper and these are adjustable
> at run time.

This does not make sense. If you time stamp events, then the rate is
determined by the events themselves.

> It's a bit more than a PTP hardware clock on a NIC. It's a clock for PTP
> plus timestamping 32 other hardware inputs that can be enabled at any
> time with timestamps being generated at varying frequencies. As clients
> are enabled that generate timestamps at higher frequencies, the
> isochronous interrupt frequency needs to be increased so that overflows
> in the the h/w and s/w FIFO's don't occur (this frequency could possibly
> be automated instead of changing it manually as we currently do).

Yes, the driver should configure an appropriate rate automatically.

> It looks like the driver could almost be a PTP driver instead of a char
> driver controlled with ioctls. PTP does this already using
> clock_gettime(), clock_settime(), clock_adjtime(). But we want to set
> the frequency as well as adjust the clock and I don't see how that is
> possible with the stripped down timex data passed to the driver from
> ptp_clock_adjtime().

You can convert ppb into your time base using simple math.

> We have the additional requirement of controlling multiple clients and
> retrieving the timestamps, etc. The PTP driver allows for some control
> of external time stamp channels already using 'n_ext_ts' in struct
> ptp_clock_info. We could use that to enable clients and get timestamps,
> but we also need to be able to change dividers for the clients at run
> time if desired. It doesn't look like additional ioctls could be passed
> to a PTP driver because ptp_ioctl() is the ioctl handler.

I don't see any need for use space to set dividers. Let the driver do

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