Re: [RFC PATCH 0/5] Add smp booting support for Qualcomm ARMv8 SoCs

From: Catalin Marinas
Date: Fri Apr 10 2015 - 06:05:44 EST

On Thu, Apr 09, 2015 at 12:37:06PM -0500, Kumar Gala wrote:
> This patch set adds support for SMP boot on the MSM8x16 family of Qualcomm SoCs.
> To support SMP on the MSM8x16 SoCs we need to add ARMv8/64-bit SCM interfaces to
> setup the boot/release addresses for the secondary CPUs. In addition we need
> a uniquie set of cpu ops. I'm aware the desired methods for booting secondary
> CPUs is either via spintable or PSCI. However, these SoCs are shipping with a
> firmware that does not support those methods.

And the reason is? Some guesses:

a) QC doesn't think boot interface (and cpuidle) standardisation is
worth the effort (to put it nicely)
b) The hardware was available before we even mentioned PSCI
c) PSCI is not suitable for the QC's SCM interface
d) Any combination of the above

I strongly suspect it's point (a). Should we expect future QC hardware
to do the same?

You could argue the reason was (b), though we've been discussing PSCI
for at least two years and, according to QC press releases, MSM8916
started sampling in 2014.

The only valid reason is (c) and if that's the case, I would expect a
proposal for a new firmware interface protocol (it could be PSCI-based),
well documented, that can be shared with others that may encounter the
same shortcomings.

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