[PATCH RESEND 0/4] SMP support for Broadcom NSP

Kapil Hali kapilh at broadcom.com
Fri Nov 6 04:09:43 PST 2015

On 11/5/2015 3:04 PM, Russell King - ARM Linux wrote:
> On Thu, Nov 05, 2015 at 12:51:17AM -0500, Kapil Hali wrote:
>> Hi,
>> This series adds SMP support for Broadcom's Northstar Plus SoC.
>> There are similar SMP enablement methods for many ARMv7 bsed SoCs.
>> BCM NSP SoC, has a typical such mechanism - after power-on, the
>> secondary core is held in a standby state, primary core provides a
>> startup address for the secondary core and wakes it up. Booting of
>> the secondary core is serialized using pen_release global variable.
> Why do you need the pen_release stuff?  The above implies that you
> have only one secondary core, and you can control when it comes out
> of standby state.
We can initiate a wake-up of the secondary core. I tested the changes
without pen_release method and it works. However, as I understand, I
think there is no other way for the primary core to know if the 
secondary core has come out of standby state other than pen_release
mechanism. When there is no other method available, will not 
smp_boot_secondary() always return successful wake-up of the
secondary core?

> Please, don't assume that the pen_release stuff is any kind of recommended
> or standardised system.  It isn't.  It's a hack for ARMs evaluation
> platforms.
Got it. As pen_release is forbidden, I will change the SMP mechanism
to remove pen_release method in the new patch set.


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