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SubjectRe: [PATCH] ARM: Support arch_irq_work_raise() via self IPIs
On 11/08/13 12:45, Olof Johansson wrote:
> On Fri, Nov 8, 2013 at 12:06 PM, Olof Johansson <> wrote:
>> On Mon, Oct 28, 2013 at 11:00 PM, Stephen Boyd <> wrote:
>>> On 10/28, Kevin Hilman wrote:
>>>> Stephen Boyd <> writes:
>>>>> This will allow the scheduler tick to be restarted if we're in
>>>>> full NOHZ mode.
>>>>> Cc: Kevin Hilman <>
>>>>> Cc: Frederic Weisbecker <>
>>>>> Signed-off-by: Stephen Boyd <>
>>>> Minor nit, but I'd prefer a more verbose changelog (I forget things
>>>> quickly and like to rely on changelogs for my memory.) Probably worth
>>>> adding something like: "By default, irq_work is tied to the tick
>>>> processing (update_process_times()) but in full NOHZ mode, no tick means
>>>> no IRQ work. In order for IRQ work to be done in full NOHZ mode, a
>>>> self-IPI is used to process IRQ work."
>>>> Other than the changelog nit, patch looks good, feel free to add
>>>> Reviewed-by: Kevin Hilman <>
>>>> If Russell is OK with this, it can go to his patch system.
>>> Fair enough. This is what I came up with. I'll send it off to the
>>> patch tracker in about 12 hours if nobody else has anymore
>>> comments.
>>> ----8<-----
>>> ARM: Support arch_irq_work_raise() via self IPIs
>>> By default, IRQ work is run from the tick interrupt (see
>>> irq_work_run() in update_process_times()). When we're in full
>>> NOHZ mode, restarting the tick requires the use of IRQ work and
>>> if the only place we run IRQ work is in the tick interrupt we
>>> have an unbreakable cycle. Implement arch_irq_work_raise() via
>>> self IPIs to break this cycle and get the tick started again.
>>> Note that we implement this via IPIs which are only available on
>>> SMP builds. This shouldn't be a problem because full NOHZ is only
>>> supported on SMP builds anyway.
>>> Signed-off-by: Stephen Boyd <>
>>> Reviewed-by: Kevin Hilman <>
>>> Cc: Frederic Weisbecker <>
>> Hm, so I think this just landed in -next, which seems... late for
>> 3.13. Anyway, it causes boot failures on Cubieboards (Allwinner A10),
>> I just bisected it down to this patch (fails to boot
>> multi_v7_defconfig, no console output at all).
>> Unfortunately I'm not getting any debug_ll output from the board at
>> the moment, so I can't actually get to a panic stack or other error
>> info. :( I hope I can get back to you with one later today.
> Turns out that I hit this on the BeagleBone as well, and I got a trace
> out of it. Seems like this might be broken on all non-SMP platforms
> built with CONFIG_SMP=y?

Ah yes. We don't have IPI support on UP kernels but SMP_ON_UP exposes
arch_irq_work_raise(). How about this? We should just skip this function
if we're running on UP.


diff --git a/arch/arm/kernel/smp.c b/arch/arm/kernel/smp.c
index bf9a0d6d..e115cbb 100644
--- a/arch/arm/kernel/smp.c
+++ b/arch/arm/kernel/smp.c
@@ -453,7 +453,8 @@ void arch_send_call_function_single_ipi(int cpu)
void arch_irq_work_raise(void)
- smp_cross_call(cpumask_of(smp_processor_id()), IPI_IRQ_WORK);
+ if (is_smp())
+ smp_cross_call(cpumask_of(smp_processor_id()), IPI_IRQ_WORK);

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