[PATCH v3 1/2] clocksource/arm_arch_timer: Force per-CPU interrupt to be level-triggered

Marc Zyngier marc.zyngier at arm.com
Fri Jun 10 00:29:52 PDT 2016

On Thu, 09 Jun 2016 14:10:48 -0700
David Daney <ddaney.cavm at gmail.com> wrote:

> On 06/06/2016 10:56 AM, Marc Zyngier wrote:
> > The ARM architected timer produces level-triggered interrupts (this
> > is mandated by the architecture). Unfortunately, most device-trees
> > get this wrong, and expose an edge-triggered interrupt.
> >
> > Until now, this wasn't too much an issue, as the programming of the
> > trigger would fail (the corresponding PPI cannot be reconfigured),
> > and the kernel would be happy with this. But we're about to change
> > this, and trust DT a lot if the driver doesn't provide its own
> > trigger information. In that context, the timer breaks badly.
> >
> > While we do need to fix the DTs, there is also some userspace out
> > there (kvmtool) that generates the same kind of broken DT on the
> > fly, and that will completely break with newer kernels.
> >
> > As a safety measure, and to keep buggy software alive as well as
> > buying us some time to fix DTs all over the place, let's check
> > what trigger configuration has been given us by the firmware.
> > If this is not a level configuration, then we know that the
> > DT/ACPI configuration is bust, and we pick some defaults which
> > won't be worse than the existing setup.
> >
> > Signed-off-by: Marc Zyngier <marc.zyngier at arm.com>
> I tried to test this patch, but there is a problem somewhere that I have 
> not yet tracked down.  On Cavium Thunder (gic-v3 based) I have tested 
> with the device tree interrupt type of both 4 and 8 and get the same result:
> [    0.000000] arm_arch_timer: WARNING: Invalid trigger for IRQ2, 
> assuming level low
> [    0.000000] arm_arch_timer: WARNING: Please fix your firmware
> [    0.000000] arm_arch_timer: WARNING: Invalid trigger for IRQ3, 
> assuming level low
> [    0.000000] arm_arch_timer: WARNING: Please fix your firmware
> [    0.000000] arm_arch_timer: Architected cp15 timer(s) running at 
> 100.00MHz (phys).
> [    0.000000] clocksource: arch_sys_counter: mask: 0xffffffffffffff 
> max_cycles: 0x171024e7e0, max_idle_ns: 440795205315 ns
> [    0.000002] sched_clock: 56 bits at 100MHz, resolution 10ns, wraps 
> every 4398046511100ns
> It could be that the gic-v3 irq mapping code is broken.  I will try to 
> look into it, but there may be other fixes needed before we would 
> consider this patch to be an improvement.

That's because the core kernel has other bugs which are going to be
addressed in 4.8. So far, we cannot set the trigger of a per-cpu
interrupt from the device tree, and we end-up with whatever is the
default (edge). You can put whatever you want in the DT, it will be

This series in preparation of these fixes landing in 4.8, where we'll
be able to do the right thing, and will start noticing stupid things
coming from the DT.


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