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SubjectRe: [RFC V2] cpufreq: make sure frequency transitions are serialized
On 03/19/2014 02:50 PM, Viresh Kumar wrote:
> On 19 March 2014 14:47, Srivatsa S. Bhat
> <srivatsa.bhat@linux.vnet.ibm.com> wrote:
>> Wait, I think I remember. The problem was about dealing with drivers that
>> do asynchronous notification (those that have the ASYNC_NOTIFICATION flag
>> set). In particular, exynos-5440 driver sends out the POSTCHANGE notification
>> from a workqueue worker, much later than sending the PRECHANGE notification.
>>
>> From what I saw, this is how the exynos-5440 driver works:
>>
>> 1. ->target() is invoked, and the driver writes to a register and returns
>> to its caller.
>>
>> 2. An interrupt occurs that indicates that the frequency was changed.
>>
>> 3. The interrupt handler kicks off a worker thread which then sends out
>> the POSTCHANGE notification.
>
> Correct!!
>
>> So the important question here is, how does the exynos-5440 driver
>> protect itself from say 2 ->target() calls which occur in close sequence
>> (before allowing the entire chain for the first call to complete)?
>>
>> As far as I can see there is no such synchronization in the driver at
>> the moment. Adding Amit to CC for his comments.
>
> Yes, and that's what my patch is trying to fix. Where is the confusion?

Sorry, for a moment I got confused and thought that your patch addresses
the race conditions present in normal drivers alone, and not ASYNC_NOTIFICATION
drivers. But now I understand that your patch intends to fix both the
problems at once. I'll share my thoughts about the design in a separate
reply.

Regards,
Srivatsa S. Bhat



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