[PATCH] ARM: dts: meson8b: add reserved memory zone to fix silent freezes

Linus Lüssing linus.luessing at c0d3.blue
Mon Oct 2 08:59:03 PDT 2017

So far, the stress-ng tool for instance quickly resulted in a silent
freeze of the system with no prior notice on a serial console when
running its filesystem or memory stressor classes.

Even with a panic-on-OOM and reboot-on-panic (vm.panic_on_oom=1,
kernel.panic=10) configured, the system would neither reboot nor
would the OOM killer get any chance to otherwise do its job.

The Amlogic reference source code uses a 2MB PHYS_OFFSET. With these 2MB
reserved via DT, stress-ng was able to run on an Odroid C1+ just fine for
several hours, the OOM killer was able to kill processes again and if
configured would successfully trigger a reboot of the system.

Fixes: 4a69fcd3a108 ("ARM: meson: Add DTS for Odroid-C1 and Tronfy MXQ boards")
Signed-off-by: Linus Lüssing <linus.luessing at c0d3.blue>

The following stress-ng command worked fine now:
$ stress-ng -v --sequential 0 -t 120s --exclude sysfs,opcode --metrics
(5 hours runtime, tested on an Odroid C1+ with an 4.14-rc1 kernel + SMP
+ USB DTS patches)
 arch/arm/boot/dts/meson8b.dtsi | 12 ++++++++++++
 1 file changed, 12 insertions(+)

diff --git a/arch/arm/boot/dts/meson8b.dtsi b/arch/arm/boot/dts/meson8b.dtsi
index bc278da..d75a5b5 100644
--- a/arch/arm/boot/dts/meson8b.dtsi
+++ b/arch/arm/boot/dts/meson8b.dtsi
@@ -83,6 +83,18 @@
+	reserved-memory {
+		#address-cells = <1>;
+		#size-cells = <1>;
+		ranges;
+		/* 2 MiB reserved for Hardware ROM Firmware? */
+		hwrom at 0 {
+			reg = <0x0 0x200000>;
+			no-map;
+		};
+	};
 	scu at c4300000 {
 		compatible = "arm,cortex-a5-scu";
 		reg = <0xc4300000 0x100>;

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