[PATCH v6 2/5] irqchip/aspeed-i2c-ic: Add I2C IRQ controller for Aspeed

Marc Zyngier marc.zyngier at arm.com
Tue Mar 28 20:40:38 AEDT 2017

On 28/03/17 10:12, Benjamin Herrenschmidt wrote:
> On Tue, 2017-03-28 at 09:32 +0100, Marc Zyngier wrote:
>> I'm a bit concerned by this. It means that you can't even mask an
>> interrupt. Is that really what you intend to do? Or all that the HW can
>> do? If you cannot mask an interrupt, you're at the mercy of a screaming
>> device...
> This is not really an interrupt controller. It's a "summary" register
> that reflects the state of the 14 i2c controller interrupts.
> This approach does have the advantage of providing separate counters in
> /proc/interrupts which is rather nice, but it does have overhead. On
> those shittly little ARMv9 400Mhz cores it can be significant.

s/ARMv9/ARM9/, as we're still on variations of the ARMv8 architecture ;-)

A 400MHz ARM9 (which is either ARMv4 or ARMv5) is not too bad (hey, we
still have a couple of Versatile-ABs here...). Caches are pretty small

> I would personally have some kind of trick to register a single
> interrupt handler that calls directly the handlers of the respective
> i2c busses via a simple indirection for speed, maybe adding my custom
> sysfs or debugfs statistics. But that's just me trying to suck the last
> cycle out of the bloody thing ;-)

I'd hope the irqdomain itself to be pretty light (the revmap should help
here), but of course you're going to do more work. Counters also come at
a cost. It'd be interesting to see if Brendan has any overhead data
about this.


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