lockless acpi-safe/acpi-safe24

Matthew Dillon dillon at apollo.backplane.com
Tue May 26 12:50:34 PDT 2009

:Following patch git rid of the clock spinlock used in acpi-safe/acpi-safe24:
:Please test/review.  I have tested the patch w/ acpi-safe24.
:Best Regards,

    I think we might still need the critical section to avoid
    interrupt races.  If acpi_timer_get_timecount24() and friends
    are re-entered by an interrupt we could end up with
    acpi_timer_base[cpu] getting bumped twice.

    We could probably avoid the critical section by having an
    interlock count to prevent the reentered call in the
    interrupt from bumping acpi_timer_base[], but critical
    sections are so cheap on DFly we might as well just
    use a critical section.

    I am also a bit worried about the acpi_timer_base[] for individual
    cpu's getting out of sync with each other and creating a real
    mess.  e.g. if a cpu is stopped by the debugger or otherwise does
    not refresh the base by polling the counter.

    Finally we might also want to change those static array declarations
    to an array of structure for acpi_timer_base and acpi_last_counter,
    and cache-aligning the elements.

    I think the getting-out-of-sync problem between the cpus could be
    a show-stopper, though.

					Matthew Dillon 
					<dillon at backplane.com>

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