Re: [PATCH v4 07/24] C6X: devicetree support

From: Arnd Bergmann
Date: Tue Oct 04 2011 - 15:24:51 EST

On Tuesday 04 October 2011 12:43:44 Mark Salter wrote:
> This is the basic devicetree support for C6X. Currently, four boards are
> supported. Each one uses a different SoC part. Two of the four supported
> SoCs are multicore. One with 3 cores and the other with 6 cores. There is
> no coherency between the core-level caches, so SMP is not an option. It is
> possible to run separate kernel instances on the various cores. There is
> currently no C6X bootloader support for device trees so we build in the DTB
> for now.
> There are some interesting twists to the hardware which are of note for device
> tree support. Each core has its own interrupt controller which is controlled
> by special purpose core registers. This core controller provides 12 general
> purpose prioritized interrupt sources. Each core is contained within a
> hardware "module" which provides L1 and L2 caches, power control, and another
> interrupt controller which cascades into the core interrupt controller. These
> core module functions are controlled by memory mapped registers. The addresses
> for these registers are the same for each core. That is, when coreN accesses
> a module-level MMIO register at a given address, it accesses the register for
> coreN even though other cores would use the same address to access the register
> in the module containing those cores. Other hardware modules (timers, enet, etc)
> which are memory mapped can be accessed by all cores.
> The timers need some further explanation for multicore SoCs. Even though all
> timer control registers are visible to all cores, interrupt routing or other
> considerations may make a given timer more suitable for use by a core than
> some other timer. Because of this and the desire to have the same image run
> on more than one core, the timer nodes have a "ti,core-mask" property which
> is used by the driver to scan for a suitable timer to use.
> Signed-off-by: Mark Salter <msalter@xxxxxxxxxx>
> Signed-off-by: Aurelien Jacquiot <a-jacquiot@xxxxxx>
> CC: devicetree-discuss@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
> CC: Grant Likely <grant.likely@xxxxxxxxxxxx>
> CC: Arnd Bergmann <arnd@xxxxxxxx>

Acked-by: Arnd Bergmann <arnd@xxxxxxxx>
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