Re: [PATCH 2/2] x86/apic: check global clockevent in lapic timersetup

From: H. Peter Anvin
Date: Thu Dec 17 2009 - 17:34:32 EST

On 12/17/2009 02:31 PM, Pan, Jacob jun wrote:
>> Wouldn't be better to operate the same way as in case of "noapictimer"
>> boot option. I guess the non-pc x86 midplatforms you're mentioning
>> do not use SMP ever but just to be consistent in code.
> [[JPAN]] We do use SMP with hyper threading in Moorestown.
> In that case we have a per cpu platform timer without global clockevent.
> so i think we don't want the dummy lapic event. we don't want to use the
> broadcast mechanism as mentioned in the comments before disabling lapic
> timer.
> For moorestown, I can use x86_init.timers.setup_percpu_clockev
> abstraction function so that Moorestown platform does not need to call
> setup_boot_APIC_clock() if per cpu platform timer is used. so many IFs :).
> But in the case of having constant and always on LAPIC timer, we still do
> not want the dummy lapic clockevent and the broadcast. we will just have
> per cpu always on local apic timers without global clockevent device.

OK, I'm not entirely sure I follow this, and I'm not sure someone trying
to understand the code in five years would, either. I don't really see
the above translating into "we don't have a global clockevent, therefore
we shouldn't initialize (but should still not disable) the local APIC

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