[PATCH] irq_bcm2836: Send event when onlining sleeping cores

Phil Elwell phil at raspberrypi.org
Tue May 9 01:30:29 PDT 2017

In order to reduce power consumption and bus traffic, it is sensible
for secondary cores to enter a low-power idle state when waiting to
be started. The wfe instruction causes a core to wait until an event
or interrupt arrives before continuing to the next instruction.
The sev instruction sends a wakeup event to the other cores, so call
it from bcm2836_smp_boot_secondary, the function that wakes up the
waiting cores during booting.

It is harmless to use this patch without the corresponding change
adding wfe to the ARMv7/ARMv8-32 stubs, but if the stubs are updated
and this patch is not applied then the other cores will sleep forever.

See: https://github.com/raspberrypi/linux/issues/1989

Signed-off-by: Phil Elwell <phil at raspberrypi.org>
 drivers/irqchip/irq-bcm2836.c | 3 +++
 1 file changed, 3 insertions(+)

diff --git a/drivers/irqchip/irq-bcm2836.c b/drivers/irqchip/irq-bcm2836.c
index e10597c..6dccdf9 100644
--- a/drivers/irqchip/irq-bcm2836.c
+++ b/drivers/irqchip/irq-bcm2836.c
@@ -248,6 +248,9 @@ static int __init bcm2836_smp_boot_secondary(unsigned int cpu,
 	       intc.base + LOCAL_MAILBOX3_SET0 + 16 * cpu);
+	dsb(sy); /* Ensure write has completed before waking the other CPUs */
+	sev();
 	return 0;

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