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SubjectRe: Why no interrupt priorities?
On Thu, 26 Feb 2004 19:02:59 -0800, Randy.Dunlap <rddunlap@osdl.org> wrote:

> On Thu, 26 Feb 2004 17:36:34 -0800 "Grover, Andrew" <andrew.grover@intel.com> wrote:
>
> | > On Thursday 26 February 2004 13:30, Arjan van de Ven wrote:
> | > > hardware IRQ priorities are useless for the linux model. In
> | > linux, the
> | > > hardirq runs *very* briefly and then lets the softirq context do the
> | > > longer taking work. hardware irq priorities then don't matter really
> | > > because the hardirq's are hardly ever interrupted really,
> | > and when they
> | > > are they cause a performance *loss* due to cache trashing.
> | > The latency
> | > > added by waiting briefly is going to be really really short
> | > for any sane
> | > > hardware.
> |
> | Is the assumption that hardirq handlers are superfast also the reason
> | why Linux calls all handlers on a shared interrupt, even if the first
> | handler reports it was for its device?
>
> Somehow I don't think that's the reasoning.
>
> Is there a safe method to determine that there are no other pending
> interrupts on one shared interrupt? i.e., that other devices don't
> also have interrupts pending?
>

Most interrupt controllers can read back IRQ's to see whether it is
active. A shared IRQ would be readback active while any device
connected to it desires service.

x86 example for 8259A AT-PIC's Returns the state of IRQ0-15 in ax
Note that jmp $+2 is only needed on some old 286/386 hardware
to meet (real) 8259A cycle time requirements.

- Intel syntax :)

mov al,0ah
out 0a0h,al
jmp $+2
in al,0a0h
mov ah,al
mov al,0ah
jmp $+2
out 20h,al
jmp $+2
in al,20h

Regards
Michael

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