ARM lockup during Kexec operation

Rudici Cazeao rudici.cazeao at
Fri Apr 21 15:53:09 PDT 2017

Using kexec on a dual-core arm processor (arm7), the non-boot CPU (CPU1) appears to be locking up during kexec.

The SoC is mach-transcede  
The kernel version is 3.0.51-rt75

The issue is localized to  linux-3.0.51/arch\arm/mach-transcede/hotplug.c.

            platform_do_lowpower(cpu, &spurious);
                cpu_leave_lowpower().                                      / *  bring this CPU back into the world of cache  coherency, and then restore interrupts  */

static inline void platform_do_lowpower(unsigned int cpu, int *spurious)
                for (;;) {                                                                    / * there is no power-control hardware on this platform, so all we can do is put the core into WFI; this is safe as the calling code will have already disabled interrupts */
                                if (pen_release == cpu) {
                                                break;                                          / * OK, proper wakeup, we're done */

                                (*spurious)++;                                         / * Getting here, means that we have come out of WFI without having been woken up - Just note it happening - when we're woken, we can report its occurrence.

When the issue occurs the non-boot CPU (ie CPU 1) is entering the platform_do_lowpower sequence where it should wait until pren_release is set to 1 by  CPU1 

Please note that  This failure is random. It usually happens somewhere between 300 and 5000 kexec loops.

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