[PATCH v3 2/5] irqchip: gic: use dmb ishst instead of dsb when raising a softirq

Will Deacon will.deacon at arm.com
Wed Feb 19 07:28:34 EST 2014

When sending an SGI to another CPU, we require a barrier to ensure that
any pending stores to normal memory are made visible to the recipient
before the interrupt arrives.

Rather than use a vanilla dsb() (which will soon cause an assembly error
on arm64) before the writel_relaxed, we can instead use dsb(ishst),
since we just need to ensure that any pending normal writes are visible
within the inner-shareable domain before we poke the GIC.

With this observation, we can then further weaken the barrier to a
dmb(ishst), since other CPUs in the inner-shareable domain must observe
the write to the distributor before the SGI is generated.

Cc: Thomas Gleixner <tglx at linutronix.de>
Cc: Marc Zyngier <marc.zyngier at arm.com>
Cc: Catalin Marinas <catalin.marinas at arm.com>
Signed-off-by: Will Deacon <will.deacon at arm.com>
 drivers/irqchip/irq-gic.c | 4 ++--
 1 file changed, 2 insertions(+), 2 deletions(-)

diff --git a/drivers/irqchip/irq-gic.c b/drivers/irqchip/irq-gic.c
index 341c6016812d..500e533b9648 100644
--- a/drivers/irqchip/irq-gic.c
+++ b/drivers/irqchip/irq-gic.c
@@ -661,9 +661,9 @@ void gic_raise_softirq(const struct cpumask *mask, unsigned int irq)
 	 * Ensure that stores to Normal memory are visible to the
-	 * other CPUs before issuing the IPI.
+	 * other CPUs before they observe us issuing the IPI.
-	dsb();
+	dmb(ishst);
 	/* this always happens on GIC0 */
 	writel_relaxed(map << 16 | irq, gic_data_dist_base(&gic_data[0]) + GIC_DIST_SOFTINT);

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