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Date:	Mon, 6 Oct 2014 10:06:58 +0200 (CEST)
From:	Thomas Gleixner <>
To:	Christoph Lameter <>
cc:	Richard Cochran <>,
Subject: Re: Why do we still have 32 bit counters? Interrupt counters overflow
 within 50 days

On Sun, 5 Oct 2014, Christoph Lameter wrote:
> -DEFINE_PER_CPU(unsigned int, irq_count) __visible = -1;
> +DEFINE_PER_CPU(u64, irq_count) __visible = -1;

What's the point of this? irq_count is solely used to figure out
whether interrupts are nested, i.e. whether we need to switch the
stack on x86_64 or not. See the usage sites in arch/x86/kernel/entry_64.S
> @@ -51,7 +51,7 @@ struct irq_desc {
>  	unsigned int		core_internal_state__do_not_mess_with_it;
>  	unsigned int		depth;		/* nested irq disables */
>  	unsigned int		wake_depth;	/* nested wake enables */
> -	unsigned int		irq_count;	/* For detecting broken IRQs */
> +	u64			irq_count;	/* For detecting broken IRQs */

This is pointless as this count is solely used for the spurious
detector and reset to 0 when irq_count reaches 100000. See

> -extern unsigned int kstat_irqs_cpu(unsigned int irq, int cpu);
> +extern u64 kstat_irqs_cpu(unsigned int irq, int cpu);

Care to fixup the other call sites of this as well? git grep is your friend.


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