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SubjectRe: [RFC PATCH v2 00/11] Linux RISC-V ACLINT Support
On Mon, 26 Jul 2021 06:01:01 PDT (-0700), wrote:
> Hi Marc,
> On Mon, Jul 26, 2021 at 8:02 PM Marc Zyngier <> wrote:
>> On Mon, 26 Jul 2021 13:45:20 +0100,
>> Anup Patel <> wrote:
>> >
>> > Hi Marc,
>> >
>> > I have taken the approach of IPI domains (like you suggested) in this series.
>> >
>> > What do you think ?
>> I have commented on the irqchip driver.
>> As for the RISC-V specific code, I'll let the architecture maintainers
>> look into it. I guess the elephant in the room is that this spec seems
>> to be evolving, and that there is no HW implementation (how this
>> driver maps on SF's CLINT is anybody's guess).

There's a long history of interrupt controller efforts from the RISC-V
foundation, and we've yet to have any of them result in hardware.

> The SiFive CLINT is a more convoluted device and provides M-level
> timer functionality and M-level IPI functionality in one MMIO device.
> The RISC-V ACLINT specification is more modular and backward
> compatible with the SiFive CLINT. In fact, a SiFive CLINT device
> can be viewed as a ACLINT MSWI device + ACLINT MTIMER device.
> This means existing RISC-V boards having SiFive CLINT will be
> automatically compliant to the RISC-V ACLINT specification.

So is there any hardware that this new specification enables? It seems
to be a more convoluted way to describe the same mess we're already in.
I'm not really inclined to take a bunch of code that just does the same
thing via a more complicated specification.

> Here's the RISC-V ACLINT spec:
> The RISC-V ACLINT spec is quite stable and we are not seeing any
> further changes hence I sent out RFC PATCHes to get feedback. The
> RISC-V ACLINT spec will be frozen before 2021 end (i.e. before next
> RISC-V summit).

Have you talked to the other ISA folks about that?

As far as I can tell this new spec allows for multiple MTIME registers,
which seems to be in direct contradiction to the single -MTIME register
as defined in the ISA manual. It also seems to be vaguely incompatible
WRT the definition of SSIP, but I'm not sure that one really matters all
that much as it's not like old software can write the new registers.

I just talked to Krste and Andrew, they say they haven't heard of any of
this. I don't know what's going on over there, but it's very hard to
review anything when I can't even tell where the ISA is defined.

> The Linux NoMMU kernel (M-level) will use an ACLINT MSWI device
> for IPI support whereas the regular Linux MMU kernel (S-level) will
> use an ACLINT SSWI device for IPI support.
> The ACLINT SWI driver is a common IPI driver for both ACLINT
> MSWI (Linux NoMMU) and ACLINT SSWI (Linux MMU). In fact,
> the ACLINT SWI also works for IPI part (i.e. MSWI) of SiFive CLINT.
> Regards,
> Anup
>> M.
>> --
>> Without deviation from the norm, progress is not possible.

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