[PATCH v7 1/3] Documentation: common clk API
paul at pwsan.com
Fri Mar 16 22:21:17 UTC 2012
On Fri, 16 Mar 2012, Arnd Bergmann wrote:
> On Friday 16 March 2012, Arnd Bergmann wrote:
> > >
> > > Can we shoe-horn this thing into 3.4 (it is a bit late, i know) so
> > > that platform ports can gather speed? Several people are waiting for a
> > > somewhat stable version before starting their ports.
> > >
> > > And what is the path into mainline - will Russell carry it or Arnd
> > > (with Russell's blessing)?
> > I would suggest putting it into a late/* branch of arm-soc so it finally
> > gets some linux-next exposure, and then sending it in the second week of the
> > merge window.
> > Russell, please let me know if you want to carry it instead or if you
> > have found any last-minute show stoppers in the code.
> FWIW, it's in arm-soc now [...]
If the common clock code is to go upstream now, it should be marked as
experimental. This is because we know the API is not well-defined, and
that both the API and the underlying mechanics will almost certainly need
to change for non-trivial uses of the rate changing code (e.g., DVFS with
external I/O devices).
While I understand and accept the motivation to get the common clk code
upstream now, if platforms start to use it, they need to be aware that the
behavior of the code can change significantly. These platforms may need
to revalidate their implementations or change the way that many of their
drivers use the clock functions.
It also seems important to recognize that significant changes are still
coming into the common clk code (e.g., the clk_set_rate() changes that
came in just a few days ago).
So, the following is a patch to mark it as experimental. It applies on
the current head of arm-soc/next/clk
(9d9f78ed9af0e465d2fd15550471956e7f559b9f). This should be a good
compromise: it allows simple platforms or platforms with maintainers with
lots of time to start converting over to the common clk code, while still
clearly indicating that the API and underlying code is likely to change in
Once at least two major SoC ports have DVFS with external I/O devices
safely up and running on their mainline kernels with the common clk code,
I'd suggest removing the experimental designation.
None of this is meant to reflect on Mike, by the way, who is doing a good
job in a difficult situation.
From: Paul Walmsley <paul at pwsan.com>
Date: Fri, 16 Mar 2012 16:06:30 -0600
Subject: [PATCH] clk: mark the common clk code as EXPERIMENTAL for now
Mark the common clk code as depending on CONFIG_EXPERIMENTAL. The API
is not well-defined and both it and the underlying mechanics are likely
to need significant changes to support non-trivial uses of the rate
changing code, such as DVFS with external I/O devices. So any platforms
that switch their implementation over to this may need to revise much
of their driver code and revalidate their implementations until the
behavior of the code is better-defined.
A good time for removing this EXPERIMENTAL designation would be after at
least two platforms that do DVFS on groups of external I/O devices have
ported their clock implementations over to the common clk code.
Signed-off-by: Paul Walmsley <paul at pwsan.com>
Cc: Mike Turquette <mturquette at ti.com>
drivers/clk/Kconfig | 1 +
1 files changed, 1 insertions(+), 0 deletions(-)
diff --git a/drivers/clk/Kconfig b/drivers/clk/Kconfig
index 2eaf17e..a0a83de 100644
@@ -12,6 +12,7 @@ config HAVE_MACH_CLKDEV
bool "Common Clock Framework"
+ depends on EXPERIMENTAL
The common clock framework is a single definition of struct
clk, useful across many platforms, as well as an
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