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SubjectRe: [PATCH v2 15/31] arm64: SMP support
On Fri, Aug 17, 2012 at 10:21:33AM +0100, Tony Lindgren wrote:
> * Catalin Marinas <catalin.marinas@arm.com> [120814 11:05]:
> > This patch adds SMP initialisation and spinlocks implementation for
> > AArch64. The spinlock support uses the new load-acquire/store-release
> > instructions to avoid explicit barriers. The architecture also specifies
> > that an event is automatically generated when clearing the exclusive
> > monitor state to wake up processors in WFE, so there is no need for an
> > explicit DSB/SEV instruction sequence. The SEVL instruction is used to
> > set the exclusive monitor locally as there is no conditional WFE and a
> > branch is more expensive.
>
> Do we always have SMP hardware on arm64? Or are we going to need to
> again add smp_on_up support later on?

There isn't anything in the architecture specs that mandates multiple
cores but given the current trend it's very likely that we'll always
have MP.

An improvement in AArch64 is that we can use the SMP cache/TLB ops (the
inner shareable variants) even on a UP system so there is no need for
run-time code patching for correct execution.

--
Catalin


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