[PATCH 3/5]: ipr: kexec boot speed improvements

Anton Blanchard anton at samba.org
Tue Aug 26 21:06:30 PDT 2014

Hi Brian,

> Currently when performing a kexec boot with an ipr adapter,
> the adapter gets shutdown completely, flushing all write
> cache, as well as performing a full hardware reset of the card
> during the shutdown phase of the old kernel. This forces
> the new kernel to then wait for the adapter firmware to
> reinitialize, which slows down kexec boot. There is no
> need to do all of this on the newer ipr adapters, since they
> support the ability to cancel outstanding error buffers.
> This patch adds a special case for kexec boot to simply
> cancel these outstanding error buffers, and as long as
> there is no other I/O outstanding to the adapter, which
> there shouldn't be, place the adapter into a state
> where it has no memory of any DMA addresses from the old
> kernel, then disable the device. This significantly
> speeds up kexec boot, particularly in configurations with
> multiple ipr adapters.
> Signed-off-by: Brian King <brking at linux.vnet.ibm.com>
> ---

This reduces boot time on my box from 80 seconds to 34 seconds. ppc64
kernel developers (who boot boxes continually) thank you!

Tested-by: Anton Blanchard <anton at samba.org>


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