[PATCH 2/2] spi: bcm2835: Allow platform to set realtime priority

Linus Walleij linus.walleij at linaro.org
Thu Mar 23 06:00:21 PDT 2017

On Thu, Mar 23, 2017 at 1:02 PM, Lukas Wunner <lukas at wunner.de> wrote:
> On Thu, Mar 23, 2017 at 11:07:18AM +0000, Mark Brown wrote:

> Also, if you question setting the RT priority in the devicetree, why
> was that functionality allowed for pl022 in the first place?

It was for the same usecase as yours essentially: the U8500
PL022 is in one specific product connected to a 4G modem.
When the traffic on the system gets high, the thread submitting
new packets to the modem gets too low priority and Linux starts
to prioritize the wrong things over getting data in and out to the

What can happen otherwise is that the threads producing ever
more data get higher or same priority as the thread pushing
the data to the modem, eventually saturating all buffers and
causing buffer contention and long latencies.

On desktops we have a similar thing in userspace, where the
rt-daemon is asked by pulseaudio to elevate the priority of the
pulseaudio process to realtime to avoid skipping audio frames.

Assigning priorities is a kernelwide problem, so whether it is
the right thing to do or not, I do not know.

Linus Walleij

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