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Re: [Xen-devel] [RFC/WIP] xen: clk: introudce pvclk for device passthrough

On Mon, 2016-01-18 at 11:24 +0000, David Vrabel wrote:
> On 16/01/16 05:22, Peng Fan wrote:
> > This patch was just a initial patch, not sure whether this way
> > is ok from you side for handlding clk when doing platform device
> > passhthrough. Any comments are appreciated, and your comments may
> > give me a better direction.
> There's no documentation on the interface, which makes it difficult to
> review.ÂÂAt a first look it looks very specific to the particular Linux
> implementation of a clk subsystem.
> > --- /dev/null
> > +++ b/include/xen/interface/io/clkif.h
> > @@ -0,0 +1,41 @@
> > +/*
> > + * The code contained herein is licensed under the GNU General Public
> > + * License. You may obtain a copy of the GNU General Public License
> > + * Version 2 or later at the following locations:
> > + *
> > + * http://www.opensource.org/licenses/gpl-license.html
> > + * http://www.gnu.org/copyleft/gpl.html
> > + */
> ABIs should be under a more permissive license so they can be used by
> other (non-GPLv2) operating systems.

... along the same lines proposals for new ABIs should be made in the form
of patches to xen.git:xen/include/public/io/ before being submitted as an
implementation for one particular os.

> > +   unsigned long rate;
> > +   char clk_name[32];
> Where does the frontend get these names from?ÂÂ31 character names seems
> rather limiting.


At a guess I would assume they come from the device-tree given to the guest
and tie into the host device tree.

I think a better model might be for each clk to have it's own subdirectory
under the overall clock bus node, e.g. something like:

/local/domain/<...>/clk/0/nr-clks = 4
/local/domain/<...>/clk/0/clk-0/ ...
/local/domain/<...>/clk/0/clk-1/ ...
cal/domain/<...>/clk/0/clk-2/ ...
/local/domain/<...>/clk/0/clk-3/ ...

and for each subdirectory to contain the a node containing the corresponding 
firmware table identifier (so path in the DT case), which the toolstack knows, 
so it can setup the f/e and b/e to correspond as necessary, and the f/e device 
needn't necessarily use the same name as the backend/host).

The request would then include the index and not the name (and as David 
observes the response only needs the id).

As well as properly documenting the meaning of the operationsÂ
the clkif.h should also define the xenstore nodes and contain the binary 
layouts of the req/rsp structs (see netif.h for examples of both, blkif.h also 
includes examples of the former).

I'd also like to see a description of the DT bindings, which I assume must be 
needed such that the devices clocks property has something to refer to. For 
example maybe it doesn't make sense for xenstore to contain the path, but for 
the pvclk node in xenstore to contain the index.

> > +
> > +DEFINE_RING_TYPES(xen_clkif, struct xen_clkif_request, struct
> > xen_clkif_response);
> > +#define XEN_CLK_RING_SIZE __CONST_RING_SIZE(xen_clkif, PAGE_SIZE)
> > +
> > +#endif
> > 

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