[PATCH v2] ARM64: kernel: implement ACPI parking protocol

Mark Salter msalter at redhat.com
Tue Oct 6 10:15:32 PDT 2015

On Tue, 2015-10-06 at 17:50 +0100, Catalin Marinas wrote:
> On Thu, Sep 10, 2015 at 06:40:22PM +0100, Lorenzo Pieralisi wrote:
> > The SBBR and ACPI specifications allow ACPI based systems that do not
> > implement PSCI (eg systems with no EL3) to boot through the ACPI parking
> > protocol specification[1].
> > 
> > This patch implements the ACPI parking protocol CPU operations, and adds
> > code that eases parsing the parking protocol data structures to the
> > ARM64 SMP initializion carried out at the same time as cpus enumeration.
> > 
> > To wake-up the CPUs from the parked state, this patch implements a
> > wakeup IPI for ARM64 (ie arch_send_wakeup_ipi_mask()) that mirrors the
> > ARM one, so that a specific IPI is sent for wake-up purpose in order
> > to distinguish it from other IPI sources.
> > 
> > Given the current ACPI MADT parsing API, the patch implements a glue
> > layer that helps passing MADT GICC data structure from SMP initialization
> > code to the parking protocol implementation somewhat overriding the CPU
> > operations interfaces. This to avoid creating a completely trasparent
> > DT/ACPI CPU operations layer that would require creating opaque
> > structure handling for CPUs data (DT represents CPU through DT nodes, ACPI
> > through static MADT table entries), which seems overkill given that ACPI
> > on ARM64 mandates only two booting protocols (PSCI and parking protocol),
> > so there is no need for further protocol additions.
> > 
> > Based on the original work by Mark Salter <msalter at redhat.com>
> > 
> > [1] https://acpica.org/sites/acpica/files/MP%20Startup%20for%20ARM%20platforms.docx
> Question to Lorenzo and Mark Salter: was this patch successfully tested
> on real hardware (like Applied X-Gene)?

It doesn't work on X-Gene/Mustang because the existing firmware
implementations are not exactly compliant with the parking protocol
spec. I've been hacking on the firmware trying to get something
which will work wrt the spec but keep getting distracted by other

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