Re: [PATCH v2 0/5] ACPI probing infrastructure

From: Rafael J. Wysocki
Date: Fri Sep 25 2015 - 19:17:33 EST

On Sunday, September 13, 2015 03:02:18 PM Marc Zyngier wrote:
> IRQ controllers and timers are the two types of device the kernel
> requires before being able to use the device driver model.
> The Device Tree infrastructure makes it very easy to make these
> discoverable by the rest of the kernel. For example, each interrupt
> controller driver has at least one entry like this:
> IRQCHIP_DECLARE(gic_400, "arm,gic-400", gic_of_init);
> which says: if you find a node having "arm,gic-400" as a compatible
> string in the device tree, then call gic_of_init with this node as a
> parameter. The probing itself is done by the OF layer when the
> architecture code calls of_irq_init() (usually via irqchip_init).
> This has a number of benefits:
> - The irqchip code is self-contained. No architecture specific entry
> point, no exposed symbols. Just a standard interface.
> - The low-level architecture code doesn't have to know about which
> interrupt controller is present. It just calls into the firmware
> interface (of_irq_init) which is going to sort things out.
> Similar infrastructure is provided for the timers/clock sources. Note
> that this is not a replacement for the device model, but acts as a
> probing infrastructure for things that are required too early for the
> device infrastructure to be available.
> What I'm aiming for is to introduce the same level of abstraction for
> ACPI, or at least for the few bits that are required before a full blown
> ACPI/device model can be used. For this, I introduce something vaguely
> similar:
> gic_validate_dist, ACPI_MADT_GIC_VERSION_V2,
> gic_v2_acpi_init);
> which says: if you find a ACPI_MADT_TYPE_GENERIC_DISTRIBUTOR entry in
> MADT (implied by the macro), and that entry is of type
> ACPI_MADT_GIC_VERSION_V2 (as checked by gic_validate_dist), then call
> gic_v2_acpi_init with the entry as a parameter. A bit more convoluted,
> but still without any special entry point.
> The various interrupt controller drivers can then implement the above,
> and the arch code can use a firmware-specific call to get the probing
> done, still oblivious to what interrupt controller is being used. It
> also makes the adaptation of a DT driver to ACPI easier.
> It turns out that providing such a probing infrastructure is rather
> easy, and provides a much deserved cleanup in both the arch code, the
> GIC driver, and the architected timer driver.
> I'm sure there is some more code to be deleted, and one can only
> wonder why this wasn't done before the arm64 code was initially merged
> (the diffstat says it all...).
> Patches are against v4.3-rc1, and a branch is available at
> git:// acpi/device-probing-v2
> * From the initial version:
> - Make the infrastructure more DT like by providing an
> acpi_probe_entry array per "device type" (one for irqchips, one
> for clocksources). This means that entries can depend on any ACPI
> static table.
> - Use some cpp magic to reduce the amount of code added to an
> absolute minimum.
> - Rebased on v4.3-rc1
> Marc Zyngier (5):
> acpi: Add basic device probing infrastructure
> irqchip/acpi: Add probing infrastructure for ACPI-based irqchips
> irqchip/gic: Convert the GIC driver to ACPI probing
> clocksource/acpi: Add probing infrastructure for ACPI-based
> clocksources
> clocksource/arm_arch_timer: Convert to ACPI probing

I'm generally fine with this (modulo a couple of super-minor nits in the
first patch), but it needs ACKs from Thomas for the irqchip-related and
clocksource-related patches.

Plus [3/5] needs to be rebased on top of the Al's patches removing BAD_MADT_ENTRY
(currently in my bleeding-edge branch).


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