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Date:   Tue, 5 Oct 2021 18:08:24 -0400
From:   Sean Anderson <>
To:     Michal Simek <>,,,
        Thierry Reding <>
Cc:     Uwe Kleine-K├Ânig <>,
        Lee Jones <>,,,
        Alvaro Gamez <>,
        Daniel Lezcano <>,
        Thomas Gleixner <>
Subject: Re: [PATCH v7 2/3] clocksource: Rewrite Xilinx AXI timer driver

On 9/24/21 2:52 AM, Michal Simek wrote:
> Dear Sean,
> On 9/16/21 8:05 PM, Sean Anderson wrote:
>> This rewrites the Xilinx AXI timer driver to be more platform agnostic.
>> Some common code has been split off so it can be reused. These routines
>> currently live in drivers/mfd. The largest changes are summarized below:
>> - We now support any number of timer devices, possibly with only one
>>   counter each. The first counter will be used as a clocksource. Every
>>   other counter will be used as a clockevent. This allocation scheme was
>>   chosen arbitrarily.
>> - We do not use timer_of_init because we need to perform some tasks in
>>   between different stages. For example, we must ensure that ->read and
>>   ->write are initialized before registering the irq. This can only happen
>>   after we have gotten the register base (to detect endianness). We also
>>   have a rather unusual clock initialization sequence in order to remain
>>   backwards compatible. Due to this, it's ok for the initial clock request
>>   to fail, and we do not want other initialization to be undone. Lastly, it
>>   is more convenient to do one allocation for xilinx_clockevent_device than
>>   to do one for timer_of and one for xilinx_timer_priv.
>> - We now pay attention to xlnx,count-width and handle smaller width timers.
>>   The default remains 32.
>> - We access registers using regmap. This automatically deals with
>>   endianness issues, so we no longer have to use our own wrappers. It
>>   also provides locking for clockevents which have to worry about being
>>   interrupted in the middle of a read/modify/write.
>> Note that while the existing timer driver always sets the cpumask to cpu
>> 0, this version sets it to all possible CPUs. I believe this is correct
>> for multiprocessor systems where the timer is not physically wired to a
>> particular CPU's interrupt line. For uniprocessor systems (like most
>> microblaze systems) this makes no difference.
>> Signed-off-by: Sean Anderson <>
>> ---
>> This has been tested on microblaze qemu.
>> Changes in v7:
>> - Add dependency on OF_ADDRESS
>> Changes in v6:
>> - Add __init* attributes
>> - Export common symbols
>> - Fix goto'ing incorrect label for cleanup
>> - Remove duplicate regmap_config
>> - Round to closest period in xilinx_timer_get_period to ensure proper
>>   semantics for xilinx_pwm_get_state
>> Changes in v5:
>> - Fix some overflows when setting the max value for clockevent and
>>   sched_clock
>> - Just use clk_register_fixed_rate instead of the "private" version
>> - Remove duplicate register definitions
>> - Remove xilinx_timer_tlr_period
>> - Remove xlnx,axi-timer-2.0 compatible string
>> - Require that callers check arguments to xilinx_timer_tlr_cycles
>> - Use regmap to deal with endianness issues as suggested by Lee
>> Changes in v4:
>> - Break out clock* drivers into their own file
>>  MAINTAINERS                               |   6 +
>>  arch/microblaze/kernel/Makefile           |   3 +-
>>  arch/microblaze/kernel/timer.c            | 326 ----------------------
>>  drivers/clocksource/Kconfig               |  13 +
>>  drivers/clocksource/Makefile              |   1 +
>>  drivers/clocksource/timer-xilinx-common.c |  71 +++++
>>  drivers/clocksource/timer-xilinx.c        | 323 +++++++++++++++++++++
>>  include/clocksource/timer-xilinx.h        |  91 ++++++
>>  8 files changed, 506 insertions(+), 328 deletions(-)
>>  delete mode 100644 arch/microblaze/kernel/timer.c
>>  create mode 100644 drivers/clocksource/timer-xilinx-common.c
>>  create mode 100644 drivers/clocksource/timer-xilinx.c
>>  create mode 100644 include/clocksource/timer-xilinx.h
> I have said it couple of times. I won't accept this in this form.
> I have no problem to move this driver out of microblaze. But I want to
> see transition from current state to new state and check it with baby
> steps which are bisectable if any problem happens.
> Because in this style we end in this patch and it will take some time to
> find out what it is failing.

Unfortunately, I do not have the time do do this at the moment. Because
these drivers are independent in nature, I propose to drop these changes
to the timer driver, but leave the common functions split out. In the
future, I (or you) may come back and make the changes in this patch in
an incremental fashion. The only change necessary for this driver would
be to check for #pwm-cells.


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