USB mass storage and ARM cache coherency
catalin.marinas at arm.com
Sun Feb 28 18:20:22 EST 2010
On Fri, 2010-02-26 at 22:03 +0000, Russell King - ARM Linux wrote:
> On Sat, Feb 27, 2010 at 08:49:40AM +1100, Benjamin Herrenschmidt wrote:
> > It will deadlock if you use normal IRQs. I don't see a good way around
> > that other than using a higher-level type of IRQs. I though ARM has
> > something like that (FIQs ?). Can you use those guys for IPIs ?
> The other problem we'd encounter using FIQs for IPIs is that some IPIs
> need to take locks - and in order to make that safe, we'd either need
> another class of locks which disable IRQs and FIQs together, or we'd
> need to disable FIQs everywhere we disable IRQs - at which point FIQs
> become utterly pointless.
You could use the FIQ only for the DMA cache maintenance operations and
not as a generic IPI mechanism. But the hardware needs to be modified.
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