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SubjectRe: [RFC PATCH 1/4] DRIVERS: IRQCHIP: Add crossbar irqchip driver
On Friday 13 September 2013 10:24 AM, Thomas Gleixner wrote:
> On Thu, 12 Sep 2013, Santosh Shilimkar wrote:
>> On Thursday 12 September 2013 08:26 PM, Thomas Gleixner wrote:
>>> Let me summarize:
>>> - GIC supports up to 160 interrupts
>>> - CROSSBAR supports up to 250 interrupts
>>> - CROSSBAR routes up to 160 out of 250 interrupts to the GIC ones
>>> - Drivers request a CROSSBAR interrupt number which must be mapped
>>> to some arbitrary available GIC irq number
>> Correct.
>>> So basically the CROSSBAR mechanism is pretty much the same as MSI[X]
>>> just in a different flavour and with a different set of semantics and
>>> limitations, i.e. poor mans MSI[X] with a new level of bogosity.
>>> So if CROSSBAR is going to be the new fangled SoC MSI[X] long term
>>> equivalent then you better provide some infrastructure for that and
>>> make the drivers ready to use it. Maybe check with the PCI/MSI folks
>>> to share some of the interfaces.
>>> If that whole thing is another onetime HW designers wet dream, then
>>> please go back to the limited but completely functional (Who is going
>>> to use more than 160 peripheral interrupts????) device tree model. I
>>> really have no interest to support hardware designer brain farts.
>> Thanks for clear NAK for irqchip approach. I should have looped you
>> in the discussion where I was also suggesting against the irqchip
>> approach. We will try to look at MSI stuff but if its get too
>> complicated am going to fall-back to the initial probe based
>> approach to achieve the functionality.
> Before you dig into MSI, lets talk about irq domains first.
> GIC implements a legacy irq domain, i.e. a linear domain of all
> possible GIC interrupts with a 1:1 mapping.
> So why can't you make use of irq domains and have the whole routing
> business implemented sanely?
> What's needed is in gic_init_bases():
> if (of_property_read(node, "routable_irqs", &nr_routable_irqs) {
> irq_domain_add_legacy(nr_gic_irqs);
> } else {
> irq_domain_add_legacy(nr_per_cpu_irqs);
> irq_domain_add_linear(nr_routable_irqs);
> }
> Now that separate domain has an xlate function which grabs a free GIC
> irq from a bitmap and returns the hardware irq number in the gic
> space. The map/unmap callbacks take care of setting up / tearing down
> the route in the crossbar.
> Thoughts?
This sounds pretty good idea. We will explore above option.
Thanks Thomas.


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