[PATCH v1 00/23] phy: marvell: Sync Armada 3k/7k/8k SERDES code with Marvell version

Stefan Roese sr at denx.de
Wed May 5 09:00:57 CEST 2021

Hi Pali,

On 05.05.21 00:28, Pali Rohár wrote:
> On Thursday 29 April 2021 11:00:17 Stefan Roese wrote:
>> Hi Marek,
>> (Added Tom and Simon to Cc)
>> On 29.04.21 10:27, Marek Behun wrote:
>>> On Thu, 29 Apr 2021 08:46:36 +0200
>>> Stefan Roese <sr at denx.de> wrote:
>>>>>      phy: marvell: add RX training command
>>>> Applied to u-boot-marvell/master
>>>> Thanks,
>>>> Stefan
>>> Stefan, do you think it would make sense to at least create a special
>>> mechanism for these platform commands? For example via a top-level
>>> command "plat", i.e. instead of
>>>     > rx_training params
>>> we would call
>>>     > plat rx_training params
>>> The plat command could list all registered platform specific commands...
>> Not sure. If you want to split it up, then we would perhaps also
>> need to add a mechanism for board specific commands as well. E.g. for
>> commands not common for a platform but only for specific boards. My
>> feeling is that this makes things overly complex. And I also don't see
>> a real problem with the current "flat" structure of these commands
>> being "global". Again, I mention the many already existing board and
>> platform specific commands in current mainline.
>> Perhaps other people can comment on this use / introduction of
>> platform specific U-Boot commands?
>> BTW: Again, we can definitely rename this specific "rx_training"
>> command, if you feel this is absolutely misleading. IIRC, then I already
>> made a suggestion for this.
> Hello! "rx_training" is definitely ambiguous and I strongly suggest to
> rename this command (if is going to be merged in current form).

It's already in mainline. I'll probably send a patch to rename it,
please see below...

> My first impression was that this command is suppose to do some DDR3/4
> training sequence but it is doing something totally different.
> I'm also not a big fan of these custom vendor specific/proprietary
> commands. And I rather would like to see generic command with an API so
> other boards and vendors could implement it too.
> But if this comphy rx training code is something specific to Marvell
> platforms and there is no other platform which needs such abstraction
> then lets have it as custom vendor specific command.
> I hope that Tom or Simon have better knowledge of U-Boot code and
> hardware on which is U-Boot running and can say if there are other
> platforms for such command or not.
> And if "plat" command is too complex for this, what about renaming this
> command to something like "mvebu_comphy_rx_training" or something
> similar? To express that it is Marvell specific and also mention that it
> is for comphy. And not for ddr, uart or ethernet phy.

No other platform than "MVEBU" can select this command. So adding
"mvebu" seems superflous to me. But it would make it clear that it's
platform specific never the less. I agree that "comphy" makes
perfect sense to avoid confusion (mixup with DDR3/4) here.

> Same applies for Marvell command "bubt" which is already present in
> U-Boot codebase.

"bubt" is special and cannot be changed easily without breaking update
scripts using it AFAICT. As it's pretty old and used in the Marvell code
base for quite some time - including all the documentation about

> It has totally insane name as abbreviation of Burn
> UBooT and moreover on A3720 is does not even work with U-Boot image but
> rather with "big" image in specific custom format which contains
> concatenation of Cortex-M3 Secure Firmware, Cortex-A53 Trusted Firmware
> and U-Boot. And I think this "bubt" is example of command which should
> not be vendor specific but rather generic U-Boot command as its purpose
> is to update vendor specific boot image stored in nand/eMMC either via
> TFTP or from uSD card. So this command could have been called "fwupdate"
> or similar to express that is updated vendor specific firmware or U-Boot
> bootloader in vendor specific format (if U-Boot needs to have some
> encapsulation) for current board to current "boot device/partition".

Yes, it would be nice to have a common / generic command for such an
update process with multiple options (storage device etc).


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