[RFC/NOT FOR MERGING] HACK: add global/private timers for A9

Arnd Bergmann arnd at arndb.de
Wed Jun 3 13:55:27 PDT 2015

On Wednesday 03 June 2015 15:32:45 Felipe Balbi wrote:
> Hi Tony and Russell,
> AM43xx, even though it's a single processor A9, it still has TWD and global
> timer. I was doing some profiling with RT v4.0 and latency is 3.5x lower just
> by switching from gptimer to twd/global.
> The only problem is that currently, is_smp() check prevents me from using twd
> with AM43xx (that's why it's commented below, for testing purposes).
> In the hopes that we can start a, hopefully, small thread around the subject,
> I'm sending this HACK which I used to get TWD and global timer enabled so I
> could measure latencies with cyclictest.
> Is it so that TWD shouldn't be available on UP integrations of ARM's Cortex-A
> processors ?

I wondered about this recently when looking at something unrelated
and noticed that the check had been introduced as part of
904464b91eca8 ("ARM: 7655/1: smp_twd: make twd_local_timer_of_register()
no-op for nosmp").

I suspect this was just the wrong fix at the time, and that the
real culprit is either alloc_percpu() or request_percpu_irq()
getting called too early on a machine without SMP support.

Possibly the problem is already resolved independently, if you
didn't run into it.


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