Kevin D. Kissell wrote:
they are referring to when they begin the next sentence with "When active".
I can see how someone might think it advantageous to have a mode where
the Count register auto-resets on a timer tick, so that there's no need to
recalcuate Compare values. But I've never seen that implemented on a
Toshiba TX3927 mentioned in that thread before is an example...
Free-running Count registers have other uses that can
be shared with the timer interrupts, so long as it's Compare and not Count
that gets reprogrammed on an interrupt. I have a hard time believing that
the 8550 has the auto-reset as default behavior.
Yet the code suggests that it does. PNX8550 seems to be a strange beast...
If I do the following:
static void __init c0_hpt_timer_init(void)
#ifdef CONFIG_SOC_PNX8550 /* pnx8550 resets to zero */
expirelo = cycles_per_jiffy;
expirelo = read_c0_count() + cycles_per_jiffy;
write_c0_count(cycles_per_jiffy); //Added DJL
First of all, I think the conditional code is broken, even if you
believe that Count is reset to zero on every interrupt. This is
the *init* code, that's getting called once at boot time to set
up the clock. It's not a clock interrupt handler.
It is highly likely that the Count register has already gone
This is called why the count is disabled -- this is done in
arch_init_irq(). Only plat_timer_setup() re-enables it.
beyond the value of cycles_per_jiffy by the time this code
gets hit. If that's true, programming Compare to zero+delta
means waiting for the counter to wrap around before the first
interrupt is delivered - a 10-second-ish hang. Writing the same
value to Count that you just wrote to Compare will, on many
cores, cause a Count=Compare state and a prompt interrupt.
But the real fix is almost certainly to get rid of the conditional.
That would be too simple... :-)
Moreover, with presumed auto-reload behavior it's likely to warrant the
wrong expirelo value (which in turn will cause jiffies to be longer than
intended) -- all because of Count register possible being non-zero at this