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From: Lee Jones <lee.jones@linaro.org>
To: Michael Walle <michael@walle.cc>
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Subject: Re: [PATCH v4 02/11] mfd: Add support for Kontron sl28cpld management controller
Date: Tue, 9 Jun 2020 07:47:35 +0100
Message-ID: <20200609064735.GH4106@dell> (raw)
In-Reply-To: <32231f26f7028d62aeda8fdb3364faf1@walle.cc>

On Mon, 08 Jun 2020, Michael Walle wrote:

> Am 2020-06-08 20:56, schrieb Lee Jones:
> > On Mon, 08 Jun 2020, Michael Walle wrote:
> > 
> > > Am 2020-06-08 12:02, schrieb Andy Shevchenko:
> > > > +Cc: some Intel people WRT our internal discussion about similar
> > > > problem and solutions.
> > > >
> > > > On Mon, Jun 8, 2020 at 11:30 AM Lee Jones <lee.jones@linaro.org> wrote:
> > > > > On Sat, 06 Jun 2020, Michael Walle wrote:
> > > > > > Am 2020-06-06 13:46, schrieb Mark Brown:
> > > > > > > On Fri, Jun 05, 2020 at 10:07:36PM +0200, Michael Walle wrote:
> > > > > > > > Am 2020-06-05 12:50, schrieb Mark Brown:
> > > >
> > > > ...
> > > >
> > > > > Right.  I'm suggesting a means to extrapolate complex shared and
> > > > > sometimes intertwined batches of register sets to be consumed by
> > > > > multiple (sub-)devices spanning different subsystems.
> > > > >
> > > > > Actually scrap that.  The most common case I see is a single Regmap
> > > > > covering all child-devices.
> > > >
> > > > Yes, because often we need a synchronization across the entire address
> > > > space of the (parent) device in question.
> > > >
> > > > >  It would be great if there was a way in
> > > > > which we could make an assumption that the entire register address
> > > > > space for a 'tagged' (MFD) device is to be shared (via Regmap) between
> > > > > each of the devices described by its child-nodes.  Probably by picking
> > > > > up on the 'simple-mfd' compatible string in the first instance.
> > > > >
> > > > > Rob, is the above something you would contemplate?
> > > > >
> > > > > Michael, do your register addresses overlap i.e. are they intermingled
> > > > > with one another?  Do multiple child devices need access to the same
> > > > > registers i.e. are they shared?
> > > 
> > > No they don't overlap, expect for maybe the version register, which is
> > > just there once and not per function block.
> > 
> > Then what's stopping you having each device Regmap their own space?
> 
> Because its just one I2C device, AFAIK thats not possible, right?

Not sure what (if any) the restrictions are.

I can't think of any reasons why not, off the top of my head.

Does Regmap only deal with shared accesses from multiple devices
accessing a single register map, or can it also handle multiple
devices communicating over a single I2C channel?

One for Mark perhaps.

> > The issues I wish to resolve using 'simple-mfd' are when sub-devices
> > register maps overlap and intertwine.

[...]

> > > > > What do these bits configure?
> > > 
> > > - hardware strappings which have to be there before the board powers
> > > up,
> > >   like clocking mode for different SerDes settings
> > > - "keep-in-reset" bits for onboard peripherals if you want to save
> > > power
> > > - disable watchdog bits (there is a watchdog which is active right
> > > from
> > >   the start and supervises the bootloader start and switches to
> > > failsafe
> > >   mode if it wasn't successfully started)
> > > - special boot modes, like eMMC, etc.
> > > 
> > > Think of it as a 16bit configuration word.
> > 
> > And you wish for users to be able to view these at run-time?
> 
> And esp. change them.
> 
> > Can they adapt any of them on-the-fly or will the be RO?
> 
> They are R/W but only will only affect the board behavior after a reset.

I see.  Makes sense.  This is board controller territory.  Perhaps
suitable for inclusion into drivers/soc or drivers/platform.

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Thread overview: 74+ messages / expand[flat|nested]  mbox.gz  Atom feed  top
2020-06-04 21:10 [PATCH v4 00/11] Add support for Kontron sl28cpld Michael Walle
2020-06-04 21:10 ` [PATCH v4 01/11] dt-bindings: mfd: Add bindings for sl28cpld Michael Walle
2020-06-09 16:28   ` Rob Herring
2020-06-04 21:10 ` [PATCH v4 02/11] mfd: Add support for Kontron sl28cpld management controller Michael Walle
2020-06-05  6:57   ` Lee Jones
2020-06-05  9:51     ` Michael Walle
2020-06-05 10:50     ` Mark Brown
2020-06-05 20:07       ` Michael Walle
2020-06-06 11:46         ` Mark Brown
2020-06-06 12:45           ` Michael Walle
2020-06-08  8:28             ` Lee Jones
2020-06-08 10:02               ` Andy Shevchenko
2020-06-08 15:41                 ` Michael Walle
2020-06-08 18:56                   ` Lee Jones
2020-06-08 21:09                     ` Michael Walle
2020-06-09  6:47                       ` Lee Jones [this message]
2020-06-09 14:38                         ` Michael Walle
2020-06-09 14:42                           ` Mark Brown
2020-06-09 15:01                             ` Michael Walle
2020-06-09 17:15                               ` Rob Herring
2020-06-09 17:29                                 ` Mark Brown
2020-06-09 18:41                                 ` Lee Jones
2020-06-09 15:19                           ` Lee Jones
2020-06-09 15:30                             ` Michael Walle
2020-06-09 19:45                               ` Lee Jones
2020-06-10  7:10                                 ` Michael Walle
2020-06-10  7:19                                   ` Lee Jones
2020-06-10  7:49                                     ` Michael Walle
2020-06-10  7:56                                       ` Lee Jones
2020-06-10  9:27                                         ` Michael Walle
2020-06-10 18:30                                           ` Lee Jones
2020-06-10 17:16                                     ` Rob Herring
2020-06-10 18:02                                       ` Lee Jones
2020-06-08 18:20                 ` Lee Jones
2020-06-09 16:54               ` Rob Herring
2020-06-09 18:52                 ` Lee Jones
2020-06-05  8:01   ` Andy Shevchenko
2020-06-05  8:02     ` Andy Shevchenko
2020-06-05 10:09     ` Michael Walle
2020-06-05 10:48       ` Andy Shevchenko
2020-06-05 11:51         ` Michael Walle
2020-06-04 21:10 ` [PATCH v4 03/11] irqchip: add sl28cpld interrupt controller support Michael Walle
2020-06-05  1:26   ` kernel test robot
2020-06-05  8:07   ` Andy Shevchenko
2020-06-08 15:12   ` kernel test robot
2020-06-04 21:10 ` [PATCH v4 04/11] watchdog: add support for sl28cpld watchdog Michael Walle
2020-06-05  8:14   ` Andy Shevchenko
2020-06-05 10:24     ` Michael Walle
2020-06-05 10:50       ` Andy Shevchenko
2020-06-05 13:52         ` Guenter Roeck
2020-06-05 14:09           ` Andy Shevchenko
2020-06-05 15:05             ` Guenter Roeck
2020-06-05 16:04               ` Andy Shevchenko
2020-06-05 16:34                 ` Guenter Roeck
2020-06-04 21:10 ` [PATCH v4 05/11] pwm: add support for sl28cpld PWM controller Michael Walle
2020-06-05  8:15   ` Andy Shevchenko
2020-06-05  8:49   ` Lee Jones
2020-06-05  9:33     ` Andy Shevchenko
2020-06-05 11:39     ` Michael Walle
2020-06-05 18:17     ` Michael Walle
2020-06-08  7:46       ` Lee Jones
2020-06-04 21:10 ` [PATCH v4 06/11] gpio: add support for the sl28cpld GPIO controller Michael Walle
2020-06-05 12:00   ` Andy Shevchenko
2020-06-05 12:42     ` Michael Walle
2020-06-05 13:15       ` Andy Shevchenko
2020-06-05 18:44         ` Michael Walle
2020-06-05 21:19           ` Andy Shevchenko
2020-06-04 21:10 ` [PATCH v4 07/11] hwmon: add support for the sl28cpld hardware monitoring controller Michael Walle
2020-06-05 12:06   ` Andy Shevchenko
2020-06-04 21:10 ` [PATCH v4 08/11] arm64: dts: freescale: sl28: enable sl28cpld Michael Walle
2020-06-04 21:10 ` [PATCH v4 09/11] arm64: dts: freescale: sl28: map GPIOs to input events Michael Walle
2020-06-04 21:10 ` [PATCH v4 10/11] arm64: dts: freescale: sl28: enable LED support Michael Walle
2020-06-04 21:10 ` [PATCH v4 11/11] arm64: dts: freescale: sl28: enable fan support Michael Walle
2020-06-05  6:13 ` [PATCH v4 00/11] Add support for Kontron sl28cpld Lee Jones

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