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SubjectRe: [PATCHv7 01/11] clockevents: Prefer CPU local devices over global devices
On 06/03/2013 10:33 PM, Stephen Boyd wrote:
> On an SMP system with only one global clockevent and a dummy
> clockevent per CPU we run into problems. We want the dummy
> clockevents to be registered as the per CPU tick devices, but
> we can only achieve that if we register the dummy clockevents
> before the global clockevent or if we artificially inflate the
> rating of the dummy clockevents to be higher than the rating
> of the global clockevent. Failure to do so leads to boot
> hangs when the dummy timers are registered on all other CPUs
> besides the CPU that accepted the global clockevent as its tick
> device and there is no broadcast timer to poke the dummy
> devices.
>
> If we're registering multiple clockevents and one clockevent is
> global and the other is local to a particular CPU we should
> choose to use the local clockevent regardless of the rating of
> the device. This way, if the clockevent is a dummy it will take
> the tick device duty as long as there isn't a higher rated tick
> device and any global clockevent will be bumped out into
> broadcast mode, fixing the problem described above.

It is not clear the connection between the changelog, the patch and the
comment. Could you clarify a bit ?

Thanks
-- Daniel



> Reported-by: Mark Rutland <mark.rutland@arm.com>
> Tested-by: Mark Rutland <mark.rutland@arm.com>
> Tested-by: Sören Brinkmann <soren.brinkmann@xilinx.com>
> Acked-by: Marc Zyngier <marc.zyngier@arm.com>,
> Cc: John Stultz <john.stultz@linaro.org>
> Cc: Thomas Gleixner <tglx@linutronix.de>
> Cc: Daniel Lezcano <daniel.lezcano@linaro.org>
> Signed-off-by: Stephen Boyd <sboyd@codeaurora.org>
> ---
> kernel/time/tick-common.c | 5 +++--
> 1 file changed, 3 insertions(+), 2 deletions(-)
>
> diff --git a/kernel/time/tick-common.c b/kernel/time/tick-common.c
> index 5d3fb10..3da62de 100644
> --- a/kernel/time/tick-common.c
> +++ b/kernel/time/tick-common.c
> @@ -254,9 +254,10 @@ static int tick_check_new_device(struct clock_event_device *newdev)
> !(newdev->features & CLOCK_EVT_FEAT_ONESHOT))
> goto out_bc;
> /*
> - * Check the rating
> + * Check the rating, but prefer CPU local devices
> */
> - if (curdev->rating >= newdev->rating)
> + if (curdev->rating >= newdev->rating &&
> + cpumask_equal(curdev->cpumask, newdev->cpumask))
> goto out_bc;
> }
>
>


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