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Subject[PATCH] tick/broadcast: set next event of bc to KTIME_MAX
In tick_handle_oneshot_broadcast, it doesn't reprogram tick-broadcast
when no more event to set. In hardware it's true, but the next event
value on broadcast device is expired, which will be used in idle
broadcast enter. It may cause no more timer set in system in below case.

nte_l: next_timer_event on local timer
nte_b: next_timer_event on broadcast timer
time: in ms, assume HZ = 128

core0 core1 broadcast timer
990: nte_l = 1004 nte_l = 1004 nte_b = 1000
enter idle enter idle nte_b = 1000
996: non-timer interrupt wake up both core0 & core1
996: core0/1 exit idle, clear broadcast oneshot mask, set
local timer next event(nte_l = 996 + 8 = 1004)
1000:broadcast interrupt comes, one shot mask is 0. do not
program broadcast next time event.(nte_b = 1000)
1002:core0/1 enter idle, shut down local timer. since nte_l
is larger than nte_b, do not program broadcast timer.
1004:no more timer interrupt, not report rcu quiescent state
completion. no new timer is set in tick_nohz_idle_enter
when core0/1 enter/exit idle. at last system will crash.

tick_program_event(dev->next_event, 1) is not guaranteed to generate
local timer interrupt when exiting idle. When local timer is shutdown,
we need to compare local next event to updated broadcast next event.
So when there is no broadcast next event to set on hardware, we need
to set software next_event to KTIME_MAX.

Signed-off-by: Qiao Zhou <>
kernel/time/tick-broadcast.c | 8 ++++++++
1 file changed, 8 insertions(+)

diff --git a/kernel/time/tick-broadcast.c b/kernel/time/tick-broadcast.c
index b398c2e..7648326 100644
--- a/kernel/time/tick-broadcast.c
+++ b/kernel/time/tick-broadcast.c
@@ -661,6 +661,14 @@ static void tick_handle_oneshot_broadcast(struct clock_event_device *dev)
if (next_event != KTIME_MAX)
tick_broadcast_set_event(dev, next_cpu, next_event);
+ else
+ /*
+ * not program broadcast timer, but set the value to show that
+ * the next event is not set, which is used in
+ * __tick_broadcast_oneshot_control in idle tick_broadcast
+ * enter/exit control flow.
+ */
+ dev->next_event.tv64 = KTIME_MAX;


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