[PATCH v2] clocksource: arch_timer: Allow the device tree to specify the physical timer

Sonny Rao sonnyrao at chromium.org
Mon Sep 15 14:47:09 PDT 2014

On Mon, Sep 15, 2014 at 1:33 PM, Stephen Boyd <sboyd at codeaurora.org> wrote:
> On 09/15/14 04:10, Catalin Marinas wrote:
> > On Fri, Sep 12, 2014 at 07:59:29PM +0100, Stephen Boyd wrote:
> >> On 09/12/14 05:14, Marc Zyngier wrote:
> >>> We surely can handle the UNDEF and do something there. We just can't do
> >>> it the way Doug described it above.
> >> I suggested doing that for something else a while ago and Will and Dave
> >> we're not thrilled[1]. The suggestion back then was to use DT to
> >> indicate what mode the kernel is running in.
> >>
> >> [1]
> >> http://lists.infradead.org/pipermail/linux-arm-kernel/2012-June/105321.html
> > I think the context was slightly different. As I re-read the thread, it
> > seems that the discussion was around whether to use some SMC interface
> > or not based on whether the kernel is running secure or non-secure. The
> > argument made by Will was to actually specify the type of the firmware
> > SMC interface in the DT and use it in the kernel (and probably assume
> > the kernel is running in secure mode if no smc interface is specified in
> > the DT; you could have both though, running in secure mode and also
> > having firmware).
> >
> > In this arch timer case, we need to work around a firmware bug (or
> > feature as 32-bit ARM kernels never required CNTVOFF initialisation by
> > firmware, no matter how small such firmware is). We don't expect a
> > specific SMC call to initialise CNTVOFF, so we can't describe it in the
> > DT.
> Agreed, we can't described SMC calls that don't exist. From my
> perspective it's just another part of the cpu boot sequence that needs
> to be handled in the kernel, so describing the requirement via the
> cpu-boot method seems appropriate. It seems like we're making it harder
> than it should be by handling the undef when we could have slightly
> different SMP boot code (and suspend/resume code) depending on the boot
> method property.


So, for the case of rk3288, based on this discussion what I'm going to
propose is to add code to rockchip.c which looks for a particular SMP
enable method -- say something like "rockchip,rk3288-smp-secure-svc"
which will then assume we have been booted in secure SVC mode and do
the CNTVOFF fixup.  I believe, it will need to do this on the boot CPU
as well, so I think it will need to scan the DT fairly early on the
boot CPU and also perform the function there.

I'll look into implementing this and post code.  Comments and
suggestions appreciated, thanks.

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