[PATCH] pci: add quirk for non-symmetric-mode irq routing to versions 0 and 4 of the MCP55 northbridge

Neil Horman nhorman at redhat.com
Fri Sep 24 13:40:41 EDT 2010

On Fri, Sep 24, 2010 at 09:54:14AM -0700, Jesse Barnes wrote:
> On Tue, 21 Sep 2010 13:54:39 -0400
> Neil Horman <nhorman at tuxdriver.com> wrote:
> >     	A long time ago I worked on a RHEL5 bug in which kdump hung during boot
> >     on a set of systems.  The systems hung because they never received timer
> >     interrupts during calibrate_delay.  These systems also all had Opteron
> >     processors on a hypertransport bus, bridged to a pci bus via an Nvidia MCP55
> >     northbridge chip.  AFter much wrangling I managed to learn from Nvidia that they
> >     have an undocumented register in some versions of that chip which control how
> >     legacy interrupts are send to the cpu complex when the ioapic isn't active.
> >     Nvidia defaults this register to only send legacy interrupts to the BSP, so if
> >     kdump happens to boot on an AP, we never get timer interrupts and boom.  I had
> >     initially used this quirk as a workaround, with my intent being to move apic
> >     initalization to an earlier point in the boot process, so the setting of the
> >     register would be irrelevant.  Given the work involved in doing that however,
> >     the fragile nature of the apic initalization code, and the fact that, over the 2
> >     years since we found this bug, the MCP55 is the only chip which seems to have
> >     this issue, I've figure at this point its likely safer to just carry the quirk
> >     around.  By setting the referenced bits in this hidden register, interrupts will
> >     be broadcast to all cpus when the ioapic isn't active on the above described
> >     systems.
> >     
> >     Signed-off-by: Neil Horman <nhorman at tuxdriver.com>
> Applied to my linux-next branch, thanks.

> -- 
> Jesse Barnes, Intel Open Source Technology Center
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