Re: [PATCH v5 04/11] clocksource/drivers: Add HPE GXP timer

From: Jonathan Neuschäfer
Date: Mon Apr 25 2022 - 17:05:40 EST

On Mon, Apr 25, 2022 at 10:38:08PM +0200, Linus Walleij wrote:
> On Fri, Apr 22, 2022 at 3:16 PM Arnd Bergmann <arnd@xxxxxxxx> wrote:
> The ixp4xx driver looks like that because the register range used for
> the timer and the watchdog is combined, i.e. it is a single IP block:
> timer@c8005000 {
> compatible = "intel,ixp4xx-timer";
> reg = <0xc8005000 0x100>;
> interrupts = <5 IRQ_TYPE_LEVEL_HIGH>;
> };
> Device tree probing does not allow two devices to probe from the same
> DT node, so this was solved by letting the (less important) watchdog
> be spawn as a platform device from the timer.
> I don't know if double-probing for the same register range can be fixed,
> but I was assuming that the one-compatible-to-one-driver assumption
> was pretty hard-coded into the abstractions. Maybe it isn't?
> Another way is of course to introduce an MFD. That becomes
> problematic in another way: MFD abstractions are supposed to
> be inbetween the resource and the devices it spawns, and with
> timers/clocksources this creates a horrible special-casing since the
> MFD bus (the parent may be providing e.g. an MMIO regmap)
> then need to be early-populated and searched by the timer core
> from TIMER_OF_DECLARE() early in boot.
> So this solution was the lesser evil that I could think about.

Nuvoton NPCM platforms use yet another approach:

timer0: timer@8000 {
compatible = "nuvoton,npcm750-timer";
interrupts = <GIC_SPI 32 IRQ_TYPE_LEVEL_HIGH>;
reg = <0x8000 0x1C>;
clocks = <&clk NPCM7XX_CLK_TIMER>;

watchdog0: watchdog@801C {
compatible = "nuvoton,npcm750-wdt";
interrupts = <GIC_SPI 47 IRQ_TYPE_LEVEL_HIGH>;
reg = <0x801C 0x4>;
status = "disabled";
clocks = <&clk NPCM7XX_CLK_TIMER>;

The watchdog control register is in the same register block, but
represented by a separate DT node.

(not necessarily a recommendation, but it is another existing approach.)


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