Re: [PATCH RFC 01/10] dt-bindings: gpu: Add PowerVR Series5 SGX GPUs

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On 12/18/23 4:54 AM, H. Nikolaus Schaller wrote:

Am 18.12.2023 um 11:14 schrieb Maxime Ripard <mripard@xxxxxxxxxx>:

On Mon, Dec 18, 2023 at 10:28:09AM +0100, H. Nikolaus Schaller wrote:
Hi Maxime,

Am 15.12.2023 um 14:33 schrieb Maxime Ripard <mripard@xxxxxxxxxx>:

It's for a separate architecture, with a separate driver, maintained out
of tree by a separate community, with a separate set of requirements as
evidenced by the other thread. And that's all fine in itself, but
there's very little reason to put these two bindings in the same file.

We could also turn this around, why is it important that it's in the
same file?

Same vendor. And enough similarity in architectures, even a logical sequence
of development of versions (SGX = Version 5, Rogue = Version 6+) behind.
(SGX and Rogue seem to be just trade names for their architecture development).

Again, none of that matters for *where* the binding is stored.

So what then speaks against extending the existing bindings file as proposed

I mean, apart from everything you quoted, then sure, nothing speaks
against it.

AFAIK bindings should describe hardware and not communities or drivers
or who is currently maintaining it. The latter can change, the first not.

Bindings are supposed to describe hardware indeed. Nothing was ever said
about where those bindings are supposed to be located.

There's hundreds of other YAML bindings describing devices of the same
vendors and different devices from the same generation.

Usually SoC seem to be split over multiple files by subsystem. Not by versions
or generations. If the subsystems are similar enough they share the same bindings
doc instead of having one for each generation duplicating a lot of code.

Here is a comparable example that combines multiple vendors and generations:


EHCI is a single interface for USB2.0 controllers. It's a standard API,
and is made of a single driver that requires minor modifications to deal
with multiple devices.

We're very far from the same situation here.

How far are we really? And, it is the purpose of the driver to handle different cases.

That there are currently two drivers is just a matter of history and not a necessity.

If anything it'll make it easier for you. I'm really not sure why it is
controversial and you're fighting this so hard.

Well, you made it controversial by proposing to split what IMHO belongs together.

No, reviews aren't controversial.
The controversy started when you chose
to oppose it while you could have just rolled with it.

Well, you asked

"I think it would be best to have a separate file for this, img,sgx.yaml


"Because it's more convenient?"

I understood that as an invitation for discussing the pros and cons and working out the
most convenient solution. And that involves playing the devil's advocate which of course
is controversial by principle.

Now, IMHO all the pros and cons are on the table and the question is who makes a decision
how to go.

As much as I would land on the side of same file for both, the answer to this question
is simple: the maintainer makes the decision :) So I'll respin with separate binding files.

The hidden unaddressed issue here is that by making these bindings separate it implies
they are not on equal footing (i.e. pre-series6 GPUs are not true "powervr" and so do not
belong in img,powervr.yaml). So if no one objects I'd also like to do the rename of that
file as suggested before and have:


I feel that the original patch is good enough for its purpose and follows
some design pattern that can be deduced from other binding docs.

[citation needed]

Joke: Documentation/devicetree/bindings/* - I am not aware of a formal analysis of course.

But see my example for ehci. It follows the pattern I mean. If clocks, regs, interrupts,
resets, and more properties are (almost) the same, then group them and just differentiate
by different compatible strings. If necessary use some - if: clauses.

It is the task of drivers to handle the details.

As my other (maybe more important) comment to this patch did indicate we IMHO can easily
live with something like

+      - items:
+          - enum:
+              - ti,am62-gpu # IMG AXE GPU model/revision is fully discoverable
+              - ti,omap3430-gpu # sgx530 Rev 121
+              - ti,omap3630-gpu # sgx530 Rev 125
+              - ingenic,jz4780-gpu # sgx540 Rev 130
+              - ti,omap4430-gpu # sgx540 Rev 120
+              - allwinner,sun6i-a31-gpu # sgx544 MP2 Rev 115
+              - ti,omap4470-gpu # sgx544 MP1 Rev 112
+              - ti,omap5432-gpu # sgx544 MP2 Rev 105
+              - ti,am5728-gpu # sgx544 MP2 Rev 116
+              - ti,am6548-gpu # sgx544 MP1 Rev 117

While we could live with this, the "compatible" groupings makes life just a bit
easier. This is true really for any DT compatible string and is not based on
any technical reasoning.


And leave it to drivers using a table to deduce the generation and
revision or read it out from the chip. And there can even be different
drivers handling only a subset of the potential compatibles.

Then the currently-out-of-tree driver for the sgx5 can be reworked in
less than half an hour without loosing functionality.


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