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SubjectRe: [PATCH HACK] powerpc: quick hack to get a functional eHEA with hardirq preemption
On Thu, 25 Sep 2008 07:15:17 +1000 Benjamin Herrenschmidt <benh@kernel.crashing.org> wrote:

> On Wed, 2008-09-24 at 14:35 +0200, Sebastien Dugue wrote:
> > Hi Ben,
> >
> > On Wed, 24 Sep 2008 20:17:47 +1000 Benjamin Herrenschmidt <benh@kernel.crashing.org> wrote:
> >
> > > On Wed, 2008-09-24 at 04:58 -0500, Milton Miller wrote:
> > > > The per-interrupt mask and unmask calls have to go through RTAS, a
> > > > single-threaded global context, which in addition to increasing
> > > > path length will really limit scalability. The interrupt controller
> > > > poll and reject facilities are accessed through hypervisor calls
> > > > which are comparable to a fast syscall, and parallel to all cpus.
> > >
> > > Note also that the XICS code thus assumes, iirc, as does the cell IIC
> > > code, that eoi is called on the -same- cpu that fetched the interrupt
> > > initially. That assumption can be broken with IRQ threads no ?
> >
> > No, the fetch and the eoi are both done in interrupt context before
> > the hardirq thread is woken up.
> >
> > On the other hand, the mask+eoi and the unmask may well happen
> > on different cpus as there's only one hardirq thread per irq on
> > the system. Don't know if this is a problem with the XICS though.
>
> Ok, that's the right approach then. It should work. I don't know what
> the specific problems with HEA are at this stage.

Yep, except as it behaves in way that the current -rt fasteoi flow
cannot handle.

> It doesn't seem to
> make sense to implement a set_irq_type(), what would it do ? The
> XICS doesn't expose any concept of interrupt type...

That's what I gathered from looking at the sources.

Thanks,

Sebastien.









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