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SubjectRe: [PATCH v7 1/3] irqchip/gic-v3-its: add ability to save/restore ITS state
On Wed, Mar 14, 2018 at 3:22 AM, Marc Zyngier <> wrote:
> On 02/03/18 02:08, dbasehore . wrote:
>> On Thu, Mar 1, 2018 at 4:29 AM, Marc Zyngier <> wrote:
>>> Hi Mark,
>>> On 01/03/18 11:41, Mark Rutland wrote:
>>>> On Wed, Feb 28, 2018 at 09:48:18PM -0800, Derek Basehore wrote:
>>>>> Some platforms power off GIC logic in suspend, so we need to
>>>>> save/restore state. The distributor and redistributor registers need
>>>>> to be handled in platform code due to access permissions on those
>>>>> registers, but the ITS registers can be restored in the kernel.
>>>>> Signed-off-by: Derek Basehore <>
>>>> How much state do we have to save/restore?
>>>> Given we can apparently read all this state, couldn't we *always* save
>>>> the state, then upon resume detect if the state has been lost, restoring
>>>> it if so?
>>>> That way, we don't need a property in FW tables for DT or ACPI.
>>> That's a good point. I guess that we could just compare the saved
>>> GITS_CTLR register and restore the full state only if the ITS comes back
>>> as disabled.
>>> I'm just a bit worried that it makes it an implicit convention between
>>> kernel an FW, which could change in funny ways. Importantly, the PSCI
>>> spec says states FW should restore *the whole state*. Obviously, it
>>> cannot to that on HW that doesn't allow you to read out the state, hence
>>> the DT flag that outlines the departure from the expected behaviour.
>>> I'm happy to go either way, but then I have the feeling that we should
>>> go back to quirking it on the actual implementation (GIC500 in this
>>> case) if we're to from the property.
>>>> [...]
>>>>> @@ -3261,6 +3363,9 @@ static int __init its_probe_one(struct resource *res,
>>>>> ctlr |= GITS_CTLR_ImDe;
>>>>> writel_relaxed(ctlr, its->base + GITS_CTLR);
>>>>> + if (fwnode_property_present(handle, "reset-on-suspend"))
>>>>> + its->flags |= ITS_FLAGS_SAVE_SUSPEND_STATE;
>>>> Does this allow this property on an ACPI system?
>>>> If we need this on ACPI, we need a spec update to handle this properly,
>>>> and shouldn't use device properties like this.
>>> Well spotted. I guess that dropping the property would fix that
>>> altogether, assuming we feel that the above is safe enough.
>>> Thoughts?
>> I'm fine changing it to get rid of the devicetree property.
>> What's the reason for quirking the behavior though? It's not that much
>> code + data and nothing else relies on the state of the ITS getting
>> disabled across suspend/resume. Even if something did, we'd have to
>> resolve it with this feature anyways.
> The reason we do this is to cope with GIC500 having the collection state
> in registers instead of memory. If we didn't have this extraordinary
> misfeature, FW could do a full save/restore of the ITS, and we wouldn't
> have to do anything (which is what the driver currently expects).
> A middle ground approach is to limit the feature to systems where
> GITS_TYPER.HCC is non-zero instead of limiting it to GIC500. Pretty easy
> to fix. This should have the same effect, as GIC500 is the only
> implementation I'm aware of with HCC!=0.
> Given that we're already at -rc5 and that I'd like to queue things for
> 4.17, I've made this change myself and queued patches 1 and 3 here[1].
> Can you please have a look at let me know if that works for you?

Assuming that your fine with only having the GIC500 implementations
that have HCC as non-zero getting ITS registers restored in the
kernel. As far as I can tell, this can happen in firmware for all
implementations. It's only the code to resend that MAPC on resume that
needs to be in the kernel.

> Thanks,
> M.
> [1] git://
> irq/irqchip-next
> --
> Jazz is not dead. It just smells funny...

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