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SubjectRe: [PATCH 0/2] Allwinner A64 timer workaround
On Wed, Jul 04, 2018 at 09:16:32AM +0100, Marc Zyngier wrote:
> On 03/07/18 19:42, Samuel Holland wrote:
> > On 07/03/18 10:09, Marc Zyngier wrote:
> >> On 11/05/18 03:27, Samuel Holland wrote:
> >>> Hello,
> >>>
> >>> Several people (including me) have experienced extremely large system
> >>> clock jumps on their A64-based devices, apparently due to the architectural
> >>> timer going backward, which is interpreted by Linux as the timer wrapping
> >>> around after 2^56 cycles.
> >>>
> >>> Investigation led to discovery of some obvious problems with this SoC's
> >>> architectural timer, and this patch series introduces what I believe is
> >>> the simplest workaround. More details are in the commit message for patch
> >>> 1. Patch 2 simply enables the workaround in the device tree.
> >>
> >> What's the deal with this series? There was a couple of nits to address, and
> >> I was more or less expecting a v2.
> >
> > I got reports that people were still occasionally having clock jumps after
> > applying this series, so I wanted to attempt a more complete fix, but I haven't
> > had time to do any deeper investigation. I think this series is still beneficial
> > even if it's not a complete solution, so I'll come back with another patch on
> > top of this if/once I get it fully fixed.
> >
> > I'll prepare a v2 with a bounded loop. Presumably, 3 * (max CPU Hz) / (24MHz
> > timer) ≈ 150 should be a conservative iteration limit?
>
> Should be OK.
>
> Maxime: How do you want to deal with the documentation aspect? We need
> an erratum number, but AFAIU the concept hasn't made it into the silicom
> vendor's brain yet. Any chance you could come up with something that
> uniquely identifies this?

Yeah, I don't know how we can address that unfortunately. Or maybe we
can call it timer-broken-1 ? It's as good as an ID than any other ID :)

Maxime

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Maxime Ripard, Bootlin (formerly Free Electrons)
Embedded Linux and Kernel engineering
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