A clockevent IRQ delivery question

Jon Loeliger loeliger at gmail.com
Fri Jun 20 07:24:10 PDT 2014

On Fri, Jun 20, 2014 at 12:51 AM, Viresh Kumar <viresh.kumar at linaro.org> wrote:
> Cc'ing Daniel .. He is maintaining clockevent drivers.

Hi Viresh,


> On Thu, Jun 19, 2014 at 9:47 PM, Jon Loeliger <loeliger at gmail.com> wrote:

>> The problem I see is that near what should be the login prompt,
>> the system hangs.
>> Some questions:
>> In my clockevent init() function, should I be setting the cpumask
>> to cpu_all_mask, cpu_possible_mask, cpumask_of(smp_processor_id())
>> or something else?  Empirically, cpu_possible_mask wasn't working
>> and cpumask_of(smp_processor_id()) allowed the boot to get past
>> the delay calibration.
>> Should I also use irq_set_affinity(smp_processor_id()) here?
>> I think what I am missing is an understanding of which CPUs will or
>> should get the IRQ delivered to it, and how do I arrange to make
>> that happen.
>> Boot log and DTS fragment below.
>> Thanks,
>> jdl

So, for the record, I fixed an incorrect clearing of an interrupt in
my code, and managed to get a full boot using both a cpumask
of cpumask_of(smp_processor_id()) and a call to

Looking at /proc interrupt info, that IRQ does, in fact, only get
delivered to the boot core.  So I guess at this point it is more
a question of should it be balanced?  And if so, how is that
achieved?  Would a collection of percpu() data structures and
IRQs make that happen?  Or is the percpu() pattern only used
when the IRQ *is* delivered privately like the GIC PPIs?


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