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From: Kun Yi <kunyi@google.com>
To: benh@kernel.crashing.org
Cc: Andrew Jeffery <andrew@aj.id.au>,
	robh@kernel.org, Eugene.Cho@dell.com, a.amelkin@yadro.com,
	mark.rutland@arm.com, devicetree@vger.kernel.org,
	gregkh@linuxfoundation.org,
	OpenBMC Maillist <openbmc@lists.ozlabs.org>,
	linux-kernel@vger.kernel.org, stewart@linux.ibm.com,
	linux-arm-kernel@lists.infradead.org
Subject: Re: [RFC PATCH v2 1/4] dt-bindings: misc: Add bindings for misc. BMC control fields
Date: Thu, 9 Aug 2018 17:22:42 -0700
Message-ID: <CAGMNF6XCSdif5=kAQ4eh_6+nmHLAu9Fva403EU2Ji2w27H9R0A@mail.gmail.com> (raw)
In-Reply-To: <483b76bac7cb8043d9d780d5ffa5e43438279887.camel@kernel.crashing.org>

Andrew, Benjamin, Rob,

Thanks for bringing up the set of patches and a great discussion.
After going through the thread I figured that I'd like to share a few
things we needed to hack when programming several BMC boards:

- Debug UART enable/mux
- Disable GPIO D/E passthrough (I think this is supported by the
current pinctrl driver)
- RMII/RGMII strapping
- iLPC2AHB control
- SPI master mux select
- Various SuperIO configurations

As for the discussion whether these belong to a platform driver or
device tree nodes, I think in an ideal world all these configurations
could be nicely grouped and abstracted in a platform kernel driver (or
drivers). However in reality think this as an "M * N" problem: there
are M variants of BMCs and N different platforms built with these
BMCs. Each platform-BMC combination is going to have its own quirks
and slightly different requirements in BMC "tunables". Were there a
kernel driver for the M BMC variants, it would inevitably have a lot
of churn due to the different needs of the platforms.

What I like about the device tree approach is the expressiveness of
the format and the ability to specify non-conflicting initial values
easily. Sometimes we need initial values for these parameters set
before running userspace, and setting such values in device tree is
easier than using #defines or kernel parameters.




On Thu, Jul 19, 2018 at 9:57 PM Benjamin Herrenschmidt
<benh@kernel.crashing.org> wrote:
>
> On Fri, 2018-07-20 at 09:37 +0930, Andrew Jeffery wrote:
> > >
> > > Andrew, can you start with a list that shows what you expect us to need
> > > on our systems ?
> > >
> >
> > Okay, our Witherspoon and Romulus platforms containing the ASPEED AST2500 currently need the following tuneables exposed:
> >
> > > From the SCU:
> >
> > - Debug UART enable
> > - VGA DAC mux
> > - VGA scratch registers 0-7
> > - LPC SuperIO decode enable
> > - VGA MMIO decode enable
> >
> > > From the LPC controller:
> >
> > - iLPC2AHB enable
> > - SuperIO scratch registers 0x20-0x2f
> >
> > (The LPC controller is just as much of a collection of random bits as the SCU)
> >
> > Lastly, our Palmetto platform uses an AST2400 which has fewer features compared to the AST2500. Its tuneable list is the same as the above with the exception of "Debug UART enable".
> >
> > Tuneables that we may need to expose in the future include:
> >
> > > From the SCU:
> >
> > - PCI VID/DID for the BMC PCIe device
> > - VGA device enable (may need to be disabled if the platform contains a discrete graphics processor)
>
> Additionally there's a bunch of resigters controlling the mapping of
> various MMIO regions of the BMC PCIe device to portions of the BMC
> address space. I'm not sure what's the best way to handle that.
>
> This specific set might require a dedicated device as a subnode of
> the SCU in the DT that contains all the mappings as properties...
>
> That or we consider them static enough and just whack it in u-boot.
>
> > > From the LPC controller:
> >
> > - UART mux
> >
> > Alexander, Eugene, can you chime in with your platforms' needs?
> >
> > Cheers,
> >
> > Andrew



--
Regards,
Kun

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Thread overview: 31+ messages / expand[flat|nested]  mbox.gz  Atom feed  top
2018-07-11  5:31 [RFC PATCH v2 0/4] sysfs interface to miscellaneous BMC controls and fields Andrew Jeffery
2018-07-11  5:31 ` [RFC PATCH v2 1/4] dt-bindings: misc: Add bindings for misc. BMC control fields Andrew Jeffery
2018-07-11 20:04   ` Rob Herring
2018-07-12  0:14     ` Benjamin Herrenschmidt
2018-07-12  0:53     ` Andrew Jeffery
2018-07-12 15:11       ` Rob Herring
2018-07-13  0:55         ` Benjamin Herrenschmidt
2018-07-13  6:31           ` Andrew Jeffery
2018-07-13 15:14             ` Alexander Amelkin
2018-07-13 18:49               ` Eugene.Cho
2018-07-13 19:03                 ` Greg KH
2018-07-13 19:06                   ` Eugene.Cho
2018-07-15 14:21                     ` Avi Fishman
2018-07-16  0:57               ` Andrew Jeffery
2018-07-16 13:55             ` Rob Herring
2018-07-17  1:04               ` Andrew Jeffery
2018-07-17  4:56               ` Benjamin Herrenschmidt
2018-07-17 23:28                 ` Andrew Jeffery
2018-07-18 19:07                   ` Rob Herring
2018-07-19  1:57                     ` Andrew Jeffery
2018-07-18 19:50                 ` Rob Herring
2018-07-18 23:58                   ` Benjamin Herrenschmidt
2018-07-19  2:28                     ` Andrew Jeffery
2018-07-19  4:35                       ` Benjamin Herrenschmidt
2018-07-20  0:07                         ` Andrew Jeffery
2018-07-20  4:56                           ` Benjamin Herrenschmidt
2018-08-10  0:22                             ` Kun Yi [this message]
2018-08-23 15:32                           ` Alexander Amelkin
2018-07-11  5:31 ` [RFC PATCH v2 2/4] Documentation: ABI: Add sysfs-devices-platform-field to testing Andrew Jeffery
2018-07-11  5:31 ` [RFC PATCH v2 3/4] misc: Add bmc-misc-ctrl Andrew Jeffery
2018-07-11  5:31 ` [RFC PATCH v2 4/4] dts: aspeed-g5: Describe VGA, SIO scratch and DAC mux fields Andrew Jeffery

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