Re: [PATCH v3] ARM: Drop fixed 200 Hz timer requirement from Samsung platforms
From: Krzysztof Kozlowski
Date: Wed Nov 23 2016 - 12:37:49 EST
On Fri, Nov 18, 2016 at 01:15:12PM +0200, Krzysztof Kozlowski wrote:
> All Samsung platforms, including the Exynos, are selecting HZ_FIXED with
> 200 Hz. Unfortunately in case of multiplatform image this affects also
> other platforms when Exynos is enabled.
> This looks like an very old legacy code, dating back to initial
> upstreaming of S3C24xx. Probably it was required for s3c24xx timer
> driver, which was removed in commit ad38bdd15d5b ("ARM: SAMSUNG: Remove
> unused plat-samsung/time.c").
> Since then, this fixed 200 Hz spread everywhere, including out-of-tree
> Samsung kernels (SoC vendor's and Tizen's). I believe this choice
> was rather an effect of coincidence instead of conscious choice.
> On S3C24xx, the PWM counter is only 16 bit wide, and with the
> typical 12MHz input clock that overflows every 5.5ms. This works
> with HZ=200 or higher but not with HZ=100 which needs a 10ms
> interval between ticks. On Later chips (S3C64xx, S5P and EXYNOS),
> the counter is 32 bits and does not have this problem.
> The new samsung_pwm_timer driver solves the problem by scaling the input
> clock by a factor of 50 on S3C24xx, which makes it less accurate but
> allows HZ=100 as well as CONFIG_NO_HZ with fewer wakeups.
> Few perf mem and sched tests on Odroid XU3 board (Exynos5422, 4x Cortex
> A7, 4x Cortex A15) show no regressions when switching from 200 Hz to
> other values.
> Reported-by: Lee Jones <lee.jones@xxxxxxxxxx>
> [Dropping of 200_HZ from S3C/S5P was suggested by Arnd]
> Reported-by: Arnd Bergmann <arnd@xxxxxxxx>
> Signed-off-by: Krzysztof Kozlowski <krzk@xxxxxxxxxx>
> Cc: Kukjin Kim <kgene@xxxxxxxxxx>
> [Tested on Exynos5800]
> Tested-by: Javier Martinez Canillas <javier@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
> Acked-by: Kukjin Kim <kgene@xxxxxxxxxx>
> [Tested on S3C2440]
> Tested-by: Sylwester Nawrocki <s.nawrocki@xxxxxxxxxxx>
> Changes since v2:
> 1. Extend message.
> 2. Add Kukjin's ack.
> 3. Add Sylwester's tested-by.
> Changes since v1:
> 1. Add Javier's tested-by.
> 2. Drop HZ_FIXED also from ARCH_S5PV210 and ARCH_S3C24XX after Arnd
> suggestions and analysis.
> arch/arm/Kconfig | 3 +--
> 1 file changed, 1 insertion(+), 2 deletions(-)