Re: [PATCH 1/3] arm: ls1: add CPU hotplug platform support

From: Mark Rutland
Date: Fri Sep 26 2014 - 09:22:41 EST

> > This looks to be a carbon copy of the vexpress pseudo-hotplug in
> > arch/arm/mach-vexpress/hotplug.c, which is obviously broken in the way
> > you describe above. Perhaps we should go about ripping that out?
> The Versatile Express does not support suspend so the only problem case
> is kexec. However, isn't this support needed for big.LITTLE, and as
> the Versatile Express is the platform which these features get developed
> on, having working CPU hotplug seems rather fundamental for ARM kernel
> feature development.
> In that regard, Versatile Express is something of a special case.

It is admittedly helpful during development to perform pseudo-hotplug on
Versatile Express. I have a local patch adding vexpress_cpu_disable so I
can test for bugs that only trigger if CPU0 is hotplugged.

Given that, perhaps we should make it clearer that Versatile Express is
not a reference implementation for CPU hotplug; add some Kconfig (e.g.
VEXPRESS_PSEUDO_HOTPLUG) that depends on !KEXEC && !SUSPEND, and putting
a note in hotplug.c stating it's not suitable as a reference

...but perhaps that's overkill.

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