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Subject[PATCHv3 0/4] clockevents: decouple broadcast mechanism from drivers
This is an updated version of the series I posted earlier this month:

The core patches can be found at:
git:// tags/timer-broadcast-v3-core

And the full series can be found at:
git:// tags/timer-broadcast-v3-arm

Changes since v2:
* Add evt->event_handler check in tick_receive_broadcast
* Remove tick_receive_broadcast stub for !GENERIC_CLOCKEVENTS_BROADCAST
* #ifdef IPI_TIMER handler for unexpected IPI warning
* Reorder patches (generic first, then arm implementation)
Changes since v1:
* Drop removal of guards in smp.c
* Removed useless evt->evt_handler check in tick_receive_broadcast
* Fix up tick_receive_broadcast when !GENERIC_CLOCKEVENTS_BROADCAST
* Fix checkpatch issues (multi-line strings)

Thanks to Stephen Boyd, Santosh Shilimkar, and Thomas Gleixner for their

In some SMP systems, cpu-local timers may stop delivering interrupts
when in low power states, or not all CPUs may have local timers. To
support these systems we have a mechanism for broadcasting timer ticks
to other CPUs. This mechanism relies on the struct
clock_event_device::broadcast function pointer, which is a
driver-specific mechanism for broadcasting ticks to other CPUs.

As the broadcast mechanism is architecture-specific, placing the
broadcast function on struct clock_event_device ties each driver to a
single architecture. Additionally the driver or architecture backend
must handle the routing of broadcast ticks to the correct
clock_event_device, leading to duplication of the list of active

These patches introduce a generic mechanism for handling the receipt of
timer broadcasts, and an optional architecture-specific broadcast
function which allows drivers to be decoupled from a particular
architecture will retaining support for timer tick broadcasts. These
mechanisms are wired up for the arm port, and have been boot-tested on a


Mark Rutland (4):
clockevents: Add generic timer broadcast receiver
clockevents: Add generic timer broadcast function
arm: Use generic timer broadcast receiver
arm: Add generic timer broadcast support

arch/arm/Kconfig | 1 +
arch/arm/kernel/smp.c | 13 ++++---------
include/linux/clockchips.h | 9 +++++++++
kernel/time/Kconfig | 4 ++++
kernel/time/tick-broadcast.c | 28 ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
5 files changed, 46 insertions(+), 9 deletions(-)

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