[Linaro-acpi] [PATCH v3 13/17] ARM64 / ACPI: Add GICv2 specific ACPI boot support

Tomasz Nowicki tomasz.nowicki at linaro.org
Fri Sep 5 03:36:08 PDT 2014

On 05.09.2014 12:13, Arnd Bergmann wrote:
> On Friday 05 September 2014 10:47:30 Marc Zyngier wrote:
>>> I still prefer being explicit here for the same reason I mentioned earlier:
>>> I want it to be very clear that we don't support arbitrary irqchips other
>>> than the ones in the APCI specification. The infrastructure exists on DT
>>> because we have to support a large number of incompatible irqchips.
>> I'm not suggesting that we should support more than the ACPI spec says.
>> And that's certainly the whole point of a spec, isn't it? ACPI says what
>> we support, and we're not going any further. I'm just saying that we
>> shouldn't make the maintenance burden heavier, and the code nothing
>> short of disgusting. Using our current infrastructure doesn't mean we're
>> going to support GIcv2.37.
> Ok
>>> In particular, the ACPI tables describing the irqchip have no way to
>>> identify the GIC at all, if I read the spec correctly, you have to
>>> parse the tables, ioremap the registers and then read the ID to know
>>> if you have GICv1/v2/v2m/v3/v4. There doesn't seem to be any "device"
>>> for the GIC that a hypothetical probe function would be based on.
>> This is not the way I read the spec. Table 5-46 (Interrupt Controller
>> Structure) tells you if you have a CPU interface (GICv1/v2) or a
>> redistributor (GICv3/v4). That's enough to know whether or not you
>> should carry on probing a particular controller.
> Ah, good. I missed that.
>> The various GIC versions don't really have a unified memory map anyway
>> (well, none that you can rely on), and you really have to rely on ACPI
>> to tell you what you have.
> So we are back to needing to support two different irqchip drivers
> (v1/v2/v2m and v3/v4), instead of five or more, right?
>>> It does seem wrong to parse the tables in the irq-gic.c file though:
>>> that part can well be common across the various gic versions and then
>>> call into either irq-gic.c or irq-gic-v3.c for the version specific
>>> parts. Whether we put that common code into drivers/irqchip/irqchip.c,
>>> drivers/irqchip/gic-common.c, drivers/irqchip/irq-acpi-gic.c or
>>> drivers/acpi/irq-gic.c I don't care at all.
>> I don't think so you can make that common code very easily. The
>> information required by both drivers is organized differently.
>> If it was, I'd have done that for the DT binding.
> I see, and that's also what Tomasz just explained. So can we just
> have one an irqchip_init() function doing this:?
> if (dt)
> 	of_irq_init(__irqchip_of_table);
> else if (acpi) {
> 	read cpu-interface and redistributor address from acpi tables
> 	if (cpu-interface)
> 		gic_v2_acpi_init(table);
> 	else if(redistributor)
> 		gic_v3_acpi_init(table)
> }

It is pretty much the same as:
if (dt)
else if (acpi) {
	err = gic_v3_acpi_init(table) {
		read redistributor address from acpi tables
	if (err) {
		err = gic_v2_acpi_init(table) {
		read cpu-interface address from acpi tables
What basically is my current implementation (well, without GICv3 support 
but that will be next step).


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