Re: [PATCH v3] clocksource/drivers/dw_apb_timer_of: Implement ARM delay timer

From: Daniel Lezcano
Date: Fri Nov 06 2015 - 04:08:18 EST

On 11/05/2015 03:32 AM, Jisheng Zhang wrote:
Implement an ARM delay timer to be used for udelay(). This allows us to
skip the delay loop calibration at boot on Marvell BG2, BG2Q, BG2CD
platforms. And after this patch, udelay() will be unaffected by CPU
frequency changes.

Note: Although in case there are several possible delay timers, we may
not select the "best" delay timer. Take one Marvell Berlin platform for
example: we have arch timer and dw-apb timer. The arch timer freq is
25MHZ while the dw-apb timer freq is 100MHZ, current selection would
choose the dw-apb timer. But the dw apb timer is on the APB bus while
arch timer sits in CPU, the cost of accessing the apb timer is higher
than the arch timer. We could introduce "rating" concept to delay
timer, but this approach "brings a lot of complexity and workarounds
in the code for a small benefit" as pointed out by Daniel.

Later, Arnd pointed out "However, we could argue that this actually
doesn't matter at all, because the entire point of the ndelay()/
udelay()/mdelay() functions is to waste CPU cycles doing not much at
all, so we can just as well waste them reading the timer register
than spinning on the CPU reading the arch timer more often.", so we
just simply register the dw apb base delay timer.

Signed-off-by: Jisheng Zhang <jszhang@xxxxxxxxxxx>

Applied, thanks!

-- Daniel

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