Re: [PATCH RFC v2 04/11] ARM: dts: omap4: Add device tree entry for SGX GPU

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On Mon, 15 Jan 2024 09:55:00 +0100
"H. Nikolaus Schaller" <hns@xxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:

> > There's no reason to disable it in the DT: the hardware block would
> > still be there and it's rendering to memory so it still could be useful.  
> Well, if you know that the board does not have a dm3730 but a dm3725 without
> GPU it is better to disable the GPU completely instead of loading the driver
> and make it detect by some internal bits that it has no GPU on the SoC.
That is at least some valid reason.

> > If there's no display on the board and you really don't want the GPU
> > driver, then you can disable the driver or block the module loading, but
> > it should be a distro / package / user decision, not a DT / kernel one
> > still.  
> The same holds for aes: dss: dsi: hdmi: etc. If they are not used by some
> board file, they don't change a single bit of the DTB [1] which IMHO would
> be of reasonable concern to question additional labels.

There is some difference here, some hardware can just not be used without
wired external pins, the gpu can be used even if no display is connected
either to accelerate some remote access or you could use the gpu for something
completely else...
Maybe mining bitcoins if temperate gets too low to warm you pocket ;-)

But as these labels do not harm, I have no strong opinion against it.


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