Re: [RFC PATCH 0/2] scpi: Add SCPI framework to handle vendors variants

From: Neil Armstrong
Date: Fri May 27 2016 - 04:18:16 EST

On 05/26/2016 06:29 PM, Sudeep Holla wrote:
> Hi Neil,
> On 26/05/16 10:38, Neil Armstrong wrote:
>> Since the current SCPI implementation, based on [0]:
>> - is (at leat) JUNO specific
> Agreed.
>> - does not specify a strong "standard"
> Not exactly, it's extensible. Refer section 3.2.2. Get SCP capability
> Extended Set Enabled bit.

Well, I was not thinking about an extension, but this should be upstreamed for sure.

>> - does not specify a strong MHU interface specification
> Not really required, any mailbox must do.
>> SoC vendors could implement a variant with slight changes in message
>> indexes,
> I assume you mean command index here
>> new messages types,
> Also fine with extended command set.
>> different messages data format or
> you mean the header or payload ? If they don't follow the header, then
> how can be group them as same protocol ?
>> different MHU communication scheme.
> Not a problem as I mentioned above.
>> To keep the spirit of the SCPI interface, add a thin "register" layer to get
>> the ops from the parent node and switch the drivers using the ops to use
>> the new of_scpi_ops_get() call.
> All I can see is that you share the code to register such drivers which
> is hardly anything. It's hard to say all drivers use same protocol or
> interface after this change. I may be missing to see something here so
> it would be easy to appreciate/review this change with one user of this.

I'm actually working on an "SCPI" implementation from Amlogic for their arm64 plaform,
and their implementation is slightly different but enough to need a separate driver.

For instance, the differences are :
- they do not implement virtual channels
- they pass the command word by the mailbox interface
- they use the "sender id" to group the command in a sort of "class"
- the payload size is shifted by 20 instead of 16
- the command word is not in the SRAM, so we cannot use a rx command queue, only a single command by channel at a single time
- the command indexes are slightly shifted
- in clk_set_value, "rate" is first instead of last entry
- in sensor_value, they only use a 32bit entry
- some commands are only accepted on the high priority channel, the others only on the low priority
- MAX_DVFS_DOMAINS is 3 instead of 8
- MAX_DVFS_OPPS is 16 instead of 8

But, It's still a "SCPI" interface by design and usage because :
- they implement 90% of the same commands, in the same way
- the usage is exactly the same and architecture is similar
- they use the same error code scheme

Finally, it would be stupid to add an exact copy of the scpi-sensors and scpi-clocks !
The scpi-cpufreq is another story since they only have a single A53 cluster, it's not adapted.

This is why I wrote a very thin layer, and it can also clean up the arm_scpi and the scpi driver to use a cleaner registry interface.
It would also be a good point to add a private_data to the ops and pass it to the scpi callbacks, to completely remove the global variables.

I found an issue with scpi-cpufreq, since the device is created by the scpi-clocks probe, it does not have a proper node and my current of_scpi_ops_get won't work...
The scpi-cpufreq should have a proper DT node and use the deffered probe to register after the scpi-clocks.

> My idea of extending this driver if vendor implements extensions based
> on SCPI specification is something like below: