[PATCH V2 02/14] ARM: OMAP2+: Disable posted mode for the clocksource timer

Jon Hunter jon-hunter at ti.com
Wed Nov 7 17:41:47 EST 2012

On 11/07/2012 04:10 PM, Santosh Shilimkar wrote:
> On Wednesday 07 November 2012 01:01 PM, Jon Hunter wrote:
>> When using a DMTIMER as the clock-source timer, posted mode
>> configuration of
>> the DMTIMER is used. Posted mode is only benefical when configuring
>> timers as
>> it allows writes to be posted and does not stall the CPU until the
>> write is
>> complete. The clock-source timer is only configured once on boot and
>> so using
>> posted mode has no benefit. In fact, by using posted mode, it adds
>> overhead
>> to reading the timer. Therefore, by default disable posted mode for
>> used for clock-source.
>> Using objdump this change reduces the function clocksource_read_cycles()
>> function from a total of 15 instructions (including 3 branches and 7
>> loads)
>> to 5 instructions (including 1 branch and 3 loads). Please note that
>> before
>> the minimum number of instructions that would be executed when calling
>> clocksource_read_cycles() would be 9 instructions (including 2
>> branches and 5
>> loads) where as now it will always be 5 instructions.
>> This change also reduces the function dmtimer_read_sched_clock()
>> function from
>> a total of 17 instructions (including 4 branches and 8 loads) to 6
>> instructions
>> (including 1 branch and 4 loads). Please note that before the minimum
>> number of
>> instructions that would be executed when calling
>> dmtimer_read_sched_clock()
>> would be 11 instructions (including 2 branches and 6 loads) where as
>> now it
>> will always be 6 instructions.
> This isn't right way to calculate the penalty of posted mode. Non-posted
> mode can results in 100 of cycles wait over interconnect
> and that can not be justified with few instructions savings.

Right, I see your point. Non-posted reads are going to add
re-synchronisation overhead. However, our hands are tied here because of
errata i103 we can't use posted mode for reading the counter.

So may be I should squash this change with patch #3 and just make this
part of the errata workaround. I can always re-visit later and do some
profiling to see what the optimal configuration should be.

>> This change removes the configuration of posted mode from the
>> __omap_dm_timer_reset() function and adds a new function called
>> omap_dm_timer_enable_posted() for enabling posted mode. Hence, call
>> omap_dm_timer_enable_posted() where ever we are calling
>> __omap_dm_timer_reset().
>> Signed-off-by: Jon Hunter <jon-hunter at ti.com>
>> ---
> But clock-source doesn't involve much into writes so patch as
> such is fine.

Yes writes are only on init.


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