[PATCH v2 1/3] powerpc: Removing support for 'protected-sources'

Meador Inge meador_inge at mentor.com
Fri Feb 4 10:29:18 EST 2011

On 02/03/2011 09:56 AM, Arnd Bergmann wrote:
> On Thursday 03 February 2011, Meador Inge wrote:
>> In a recent discussion [1, 2] concerning device trees for AMP systems, the
>> question of whether we really need 'protected-sources' arose.  The general
>> consensus was that if you don't want a source to be used, then it should *not*
>> be mentioned in an 'interrupts' property.  If a source really needs to be
>> mentioned, then it should be put in a property other than 'interrupts' with
>> a specific binding for that use case.
>> [1] http://lists.ozlabs.org/pipermail/devicetree-discuss/2011-January/004038.html
>> [2] http://lists.ozlabs.org/pipermail/devicetree-discuss/2011-January/003991.html
> That doesn't work in the case that this code was written for:
> http://www.mail-archive.com/linuxppc-dev@lists.ozlabs.org/msg01394.html
> The problem is that you don't want the mpic to initialize the interrupt
> line to the default, but instead leave it at whatever the boot firmware
> has set up. Note that interrupt is not listed in any "interrupts"
> property of any of the devices on the CPU interpreting the device
> tree, but it may be mentioned in the device tree that another CPU
> uses to access the same MPIC.
> 	Arnd

We touched on that use case before on list.  However, I did a really bad 
job of explaining things in the above patch description.  I understand 
that the sources that are being protected are mentioned in a device tree 
other than the one that actually interprets the 'protected-sources' 

The idea is to try and expand the meaning of the 'no-reset' property to 
cover what 'protected-sources' was taking care of, but without 
explicitly naming the sources.

In the protected sources version of the code, the relevant MPIC 
initialization went something like (in 'mpic_init'):

	for (i = 0; i < mpic->num_sources; i++) {
		/* start with vector = source number, and masked */
		u32 vecpri = MPIC_VECPRI_MASK | i |
		/* check if protected */
		if (mpic->protected && test_bit(i, mpic->protected))
		/* init hw */
		mpic_irq_write(i, MPIC_INFO(IRQ_VECTOR_PRI), vecpri);
		mpic_irq_write(i, MPIC_INFO(IRQ_DESTINATION), 1 << cpu);

So unless a particular source was marked as protected, it would get the 
VECPRI and CPU binding initialization.  This is the exact behavior that 
you describe above, Arnd.

In the 'no-reset' model, the initialization looks more like (see PATCH 3 
in the set for the full implementation):

	if (mpic->flags & MPIC_WANTS_RESET) {
		for (i = 0; i < mpic->num_sources; i++) {
			mpic_init_vector(mpic, hw);

So in 'mpic_init' we don't initialize anything and then in 
'mpic_host_map' we lazily do the VECPRI and CPU binding initialization with:

	if (!(mpic->flags & MPIC_WANTS_RESET))
		if (!(mpic_is_ipi(mpic, hw)
			|| mpic_is_timer_interrupt(mpic, hw)))
			mpic_init_vector(mpic, hw);

Thus when 'no-reset' is thrown it ensures that only the sources which 
are mentioned in the device tree are actually initialized.  The net 
effect should be the same as what 'protected-sources' was accomplishing, 
but without having to maintain the list of sources in the property cell.

Meador Inge     | meador_inge AT mentor.com
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