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SubjectRe: [RFC PATCH 1/5] RISC-V: Make IPI triggering flexible
On Wed, Sep 5, 2018 at 12:20 AM, Christoph Hellwig <> wrote:
> On Tue, Sep 04, 2018 at 06:15:10PM +0530, Anup Patel wrote:
>> The mechanism to trigger IPI is generally part of interrupt-controller
>> driver for various architectures. On RISC-V, we have an option to trigger
>> IPI using SBI or SOC vendor can implement RISC-V CPU where IPI will be
>> triggered using SOC interrupt-controller (e.g. custom PLIC).
> Which is exactly what we want to avoid, and should not make it easy.
> The last thing we need is non-standard whacky IPI mechanisms, and
> that is why we habe SBI calls for it. I think we should simply
> stat that if an RISC-V cpu design bypasse the SBI for no good reason
> we'll simply not support it.

It's outrageous to call IPI mechanisms using interrupt-controller as "wacky".

Lot of architectures have well thought-out interrupt-controller designs with
IPI support.

In fact having IPIs through interrupt-controller drivers is much faster because
SBI call will have it's own overhead and M-mode code with eventually write
to some platform-specific/interrupt-controller register. The SBI call only makes
sense for very simple interrupt-controller (such as PLIC) which do not provide
IPI mechanism. It totally seems like SBI call for triggering IPIs was added as
workaround to address limitations of current PLIC.

RISC-V systems require a more mature and feature complete interrupt-controllers
which supports IPIs, PCI MSI, and Virtualization Extensions.

I am sure will see a much better interrupt controller (PLIC++ or something else)

> So NAK for this patch.

I think you jumped the gun to quickly here.

This patch does two things:
1. Adds a pluggable IPI triggering mechanism
2. Make IPI handling mechanism more generic so that we can
call IPI handler from interrupt-controller driver.

Your primary objection seems to be for point1 above. I will drop that
part only keep changes related to point2 above.


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