[PATCH 2/4] powerpc/mpic: Use the MPIC_LARGE_VECTORS flag for FSL MPIC.

Scott Wood scottwood at freescale.com
Wed Mar 28 06:16:25 EST 2012

On 03/27/2012 01:44 PM, Scott Wood wrote:
> On 03/27/2012 10:21 AM, Stuart Yoder wrote:
>> On Tue, Mar 27, 2012 at 8:30 AM, Kumar Gala <galak at kernel.crashing.org> wrote:
>>> On Mar 27, 2012, at 7:15 AM, Varun Sethi wrote:
>>>> FSL MPIC supports 16 bit vectors so our vector number space isn't
>>>> restricted to 256 vectors. We should use the MPIC_LARG_VECTORS flag
>>>> while intializing the MPIC. This also prevents us from eating in to
>>>> hardware vector number space (MSIs) while setting up internal sources.
>>> What is driving this change?
>> Whats driving the change is proper handling of error interrupts.   Right
>> now error interrupts (muxed on int 16) are treated as a shared
>> interrupt source.   We want each to be handled as a individual interrupt
>> source...thus the desire to support more than 256 interrupts.
> We don't actually need more than 256 interrupts for this (the individual
> error interrupts are not counted against this).  But unless we change
> how vectors are allocated, we need vectors >= 256, since we have MSIs
> close enough to 256 that under the current scheme the IPIs, timers, and
> such collide with the third MSI bank.

Note that this is the case today even without the error interrupt stuff
-- the highest vector used by MSIs on MPIC 4.1 is 0xf7, and we have 13
special vectors (4 IPIs, 8 timers, and spurious).


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