Re: [PATCH 1/2] regulator: add QCOM RPMh regulator driver

From: David Collins
Date: Fri Apr 20 2018 - 15:28:31 EST

On 04/19/2018 05:08 AM, Mark Brown wrote:
> On Wed, Apr 18, 2018 at 10:55:49PM -0700, Stephen Boyd wrote:
>>>> Is this regulator-microvolt-offset? Ah I guess it's a thing in the RPMh
>>>> registers. This probably needs to be pushed into the framework and come
>>>> down through a 'set_headroom' op in the regulator ops via a
>>>> regulator-headroom-microvolt property that's parsed in of_regulator.c.
>>> The qcom,headroom-voltage property is equivalent to struct
>>> regulator_desc.min_dropout_uV, but handled in hardware. I don't see the
>>> need to make a new regulator op to configure this value dynamically.
>> Ok? We have other regulator ops just to configure boot time things. The
>> goal is to come up with generic regulator properties that can be applied
>> from the framework perspective and be used by other regulator drivers in
>> the future.
> This doesn't sound like what the min_dropout_uV constraint is intended
> to handle - that's there for the regulator driver (not constraints) to
> indicate how much headroom the regulator needs in the supply voltage in
> order to provide regulation. It's not something the regulator uses,
> it's something that gets fed into voltage requests made on the supply of
> the regulator which I can't see that the hardware is going to be able to
> handle unaided.

RPMh hardware enforces the requested minimum headroom voltage for all
regulators with a parent. It has full knowledge of the parent-child
connections of regulators on the board (as programmed by the bootloader).
It automatically reconfigures the parent voltage when needed as a result
of requests changing the voltage of any of its child regulators.

>> Cool. This should be a generic regulator DT property that all regulators
>> can use. We have the same problem on other RPM based regulator drivers
>> where boot sends a bunch of voltages because we don't know what it is by
>> default out of boot and we can't read it.
> Ideally future versions of the RPM will have improved interfaces,
> there's a bunch of problems like this :(

Do you have a preference for qcom,regulator-initial-microvolt vs a generic
framework supported regulator-initial-microvolt property for configuring a
specific voltage at registration time? We'll need to have support for one
or the other in order for the qcom_rpmh-regulator driver to be functional.

>>>>> + if (type == RPMH_REGULATOR_TYPE_XOB && init_data->constraints.min_uV) {
>>>>> + vreg->rdesc.fixed_uV = init_data->constraints.min_uV;
>>>>> + init_data->constraints.apply_uV = 0;
>>>>> + vreg->rdesc.n_voltages = 1;
>>>>> + }
>>>> What is this doing? Usually constraints aren't touched by the driver.
>>> For XOB managed regulators, we need to set fixed_uV to match the DT
>>> constraint voltage and n_voltages = 1. This allows consumers
>>> regulator_set_voltage() calls to succeed for such regulators. It works
>>> the same as a fixed regulator. I think that apply_uV = 0 could be left out.
>> Wouldn't XOB regulators only have one voltage specified for min/max in
>> DT already though? I seem to recall that's how we make set_voltage() in
>> those cases work. Or it could be that drivers aren't supposed to call
>> set_voltage() on single or fixed voltage regulators anyway, because
>> constraints take care of it for them.
> Yes, constraints that specify a single voltage are done by setting min
> and max to the same value. fixed_uV is *only* for regulators that have
> a physically fixed voltage.

XOB managed regulators physically cannot change voltage. Therefore, do
you agree that it is reasonable to use fixed_uV for them? Note that I
removed init_data->constraints.apply_uV manipulation in version 2 of this

>>>>> + if (vreg->hw_data->mode_map) {
>>>>> + init_data->constraints.valid_ops_mask |= REGULATOR_CHANGE_MODE;
> A driver must *NEVER* modify any constraints.
>>>> Huh, I thought this was assigned by the framework.
>>> No, this is not set anywhere in the regulator framework. There isn't a DT
>>> method to configure it. It seems that it could only be handled before
>>> with board files. Other regulator drivers also configure it.
>> Hmm ok. Would something be bad if we did support it through DT? I can't
>> seem to recall the history here.
> Yes, if someone wants to configure this through DT they should add
> support for configuring it using DT. The mode support in most
> regulators is not practically useful so nobody did that yet. Mostly the
> hardware does a much better job of adjusting modes on the fly for
> anything that's going on at runtime than software is ever likely to do
> so it's not worth it.

I'll send out a patch to add generic support for this configuration via
device tree in the of_get_regulation_constraints() function.


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