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SubjectRe: PCIE
Roland Dreier wrote:
> I have a hard time imagining a PCI host bus controller that converts
> MSI interrupts back to wire interrupts that go to pins on the CPU.
> For one thing it would be hard to maintain the guarantee that
> MSI interrupts can't pass DMAs. And it would be an absolutely silly
> architecture too.

Well, on pretty much all CPUs interrupts sooner or later are combined to
an interrupt signal (not necessarily an external pin) on the CPU
indicating that an interrupt has happened. On many CPUs demultiplex is
then done in software.

As I said, I have seen at least one architecture where MSIs are treated
as nothing other than another PCI interrupt -- you get five status bits
from the PCI unit -- INTA, INTB, INTC, INTD, MSI. Needless to say, I
didn't bother enabling MSI on that platform. Even if it had worked
correctly, which I kind of doubt, it would probably have been a net loss.

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