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Date:	Thu, 6 Feb 2014 15:21:36 +0100 (CET)
From:	Thomas Gleixner <tglx@...utronix.de>
To:	Ivan Khoronzhuk <ivan.khoronzhuk@...com>
cc:	santosh.shilimkar@...com, rob@...dley.net, linux@....linux.org.uk,
	galak@...eaurora.org, robh+dt@...nel.org, pawel.moll@....com,
	mark.rutland@....com, ijc+devicetree@...lion.org.uk,
	daniel.lezcano@...aro.org, devicetree@...r.kernel.org,
	linux-doc@...r.kernel.org, linux-arm-kernel@...ts.infradead.org,
	linux-kernel@...r.kernel.org, grygorii.strashko@...com
Subject: Re: [PATCH v5 1/3] clocksource: timer-keystone: introduce clocksource
 driver for Keystone

On Thu, 6 Feb 2014, Ivan Khoronzhuk wrote:
> On 02/05/2014 10:27 PM, Thomas Gleixner wrote:
> > On Wed, 5 Feb 2014, Ivan Khoronzhuk wrote:
> > > +	/* here we have to be sure the timer has been disabled */
> > Sigh. This is not a proper explanation for a barrier, really. You want
> > to explain what it serializes against what. i.e. you want to explain
> > why you are using the relaxed functions and avoid a separate non
> > relaxed variant in favour of an explicit barrier.
> > 
> > > +	__iowmb();
> > The proper thing is to have an inline function key_stone_barrier() and
> > a full explanation of the issue in exactly that place instead of
> > handwaving comments here and there.
> > 
> > Thanks,
> > 
> > 	tglx
> 
> I can add new inline function like:
> 
> /**
>  * keystone_timer_barrier: write memory barrier
>  * use explicit barrier to avoid using readl/writel non relaxed function
>  * variants, because in our case relaxed variants hide the true places
>  * where barrier is needed.
>  */
> static inline void keystone_timer_barrier(void)
> {
>     __iowmb();
> }
> 
> and use it where it is needed.
> Are you OK with it?
> 
> And I propose to leave comments under the barriers in order to be
> able to understand why they are used.

Sounds good.
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