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The Linux Hardware Timestamping Engine (HTE)
:Author: Dipen Patel
Certain devices have built in hardware timestamping engines which can
monitor sets of system signals, lines, buses etc... in realtime for state
change; upon detecting the change they can automatically store the timestamp at
the moment of occurrence. Such functionality may help achieve better accuracy
in obtaining timestamps than using software counterparts i.e. ktime and
This document describes the API that can be used by hardware timestamping
engine provider and consumer drivers that want to use the hardware timestamping
engine (HTE) framework. Both consumers and providers must include
``#include <linux/hte.h>``.
The HTE framework APIs for the providers
.. kernel-doc:: drivers/hte/hte.c
:functions: devm_hte_register_chip hte_push_ts_ns
The HTE framework APIs for the consumers
.. kernel-doc:: drivers/hte/hte.c
:functions: hte_init_line_attr hte_ts_get hte_ts_put devm_hte_request_ts_ns hte_request_ts_ns hte_enable_ts hte_disable_ts of_hte_req_count hte_get_clk_src_info
The HTE framework public structures
.. kernel-doc:: include/linux/hte.h
More on the HTE timestamp data
The ``struct hte_ts_data`` is used to pass timestamp details between the
consumers and the providers. It expresses timestamp data in nanoseconds in
u64. An example of the typical timestamp data life cycle, for the GPIO line is
as follows::
- Monitors GPIO line change.
- Detects the state change on GPIO line.
- Converts timestamps in nanoseconds.
- Stores GPIO raw level in raw_level variable if the provider has that
hardware capability.
- Pushes this hte_ts_data object to HTE subsystem.
- HTE subsystem increments seq counter and invokes consumer provided callback.
Based on callback return value, the HTE core invokes secondary callback in
the thread context.
HTE subsystem debugfs attributes
HTE subsystem creates debugfs attributes at ``/sys/kernel/debug/hte/``.
It also creates line/signal-related debugfs attributes at
``/sys/kernel/debug/hte/<provider>/<label or line id>/``. Note that these
attributes are read-only.
The total number of entities requested from the given provider,
where entity is specified by the provider and could represent
lines, GPIO, chip signals, buses etc...
The attribute will be available at
The total number of entities supported by the provider.
The attribute will be available at
The dropped timestamps for a given line.
The attribute will be available at
``/sys/kernel/debug/hte/<provider>/<label or line id>/``.