[PATCH 1/7] [POWERPC] sysdev: implement FSL GTM support

Anton Vorontsov avorontsov at ru.mvista.com
Wed May 21 00:32:34 EST 2008

On Tue, May 20, 2008 at 09:20:50AM -0500, Kumar Gala wrote:
>>>>> This is explained in the .c file with a kernel doc. Basically the
>>>> difference is that timer16 could silently crop the precision, while
>>>> utimer16 could not thus explicitly accepts u16 argument (max. timer
>>>> interval with usec precision fits in u16).
>>> Maybe I'm confused what the utility is of cropping the precision in  
>>> this
>>> way is.  I'd also say that _timer16 is poorly named to convey the
>>> behavior. I'm not sure what to call it because I still dont get  
>>> exactly
>>> why you'd want the precision cropped.
>> Precision matters for FHCI-like drivers, when driver, for example,
>> schedule transactions via the GTM timers, and there timings matters
>> a lot.
>> Though, timer16 crops the precision _only_ if usecs > 65535, so FHCI
>> _can_ still use the _timer16 (because FHCI does not request intervals
>>> 65535). But I implemented two function because:
>> 1. I think we don't need unnecessary stuff in the ISRs (this is weak
>>   argument since I didn't measure the impact).
>> 2. I wanted to make the API clear (seem to fail this undertaking :-),
>>   which functions will behave exactly the way you asked it (utimer16),
>>   and which functions will _silently_ crop the precision (timer16)
>>   (if asked for 1001000 usecs, it will give you ~~1001000, depending
>>   on the GTM frequency).
> I'm fine w/having both. I think they are poorly named.  I'd also call  
> them _set_timer but that's just me.
> Maybe something w/the term _exact_ in the name.  Is it the case w/the  
> precise form we'd have no prescaling (if so maybe a comment in the API  
> about that would help clarity)?

We're always prescale [to 1000000 MHz for usec precision]. Otherwise
these functions would be non-deterministic (will purely depend on the GTM
frequency, so "usec" argument would not have defined boundaries).

Anton Vorontsov
email: cbouatmailru at gmail.com

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