[v2] clocksource: arc_timer: add comments about locking while read GFRC

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  • [v2] clocksource: arc_timer: add comments about locking while read GFRC
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Eugeniy Paltsev April 19, 2018, 3:53 p.m.
This came to light in some internal discussions and it is nice to have
this documented rather than digging up the PRM (Prog Ref Manual) again.

Acked-by: Vineet Gupta <vgupta@synopsys.com>

Signed-off-by: Eugeniy Paltsev <Eugeniy.Paltsev@synopsys.com>
Changes v1->v2:
 * Minor comment fix.

 drivers/clocksource/arc_timer.c | 14 ++++++++++++++
 1 file changed, 14 insertions(+)


diff --git a/drivers/clocksource/arc_timer.c b/drivers/clocksource/arc_timer.c
index 4927355f9cbe..e997e2be6287 100644
--- a/drivers/clocksource/arc_timer.c
+++ b/drivers/clocksource/arc_timer.c
@@ -61,6 +61,20 @@  static u64 arc_read_gfrc(struct clocksource *cs)
 	unsigned long flags;
 	u32 l, h;
+	/*
+	 * From a programming model pov, there seems to be just one instance of
+	 * MCIP_CMD/MCIP_READBACK however micro-architecturally there's
+	 * an instance PER ARC CORE (not per cluster), and there are dedicated
+	 * hardware decode logic (per core) inside ARConnect to handle
+	 * simultaneous read/write accesses from cores via those two registers.
+	 * So several concurrent commands to ARConnect are OK if they are
+	 * trying to access two different sub-components (like GFRC,
+	 * inter-core interrupt, etc...). HW also supports simultaneously
+	 * accessing GFRC by multiple cores.
+	 * That's why it is safe to disable hard interrupts on the local CPU
+	 * before access to GFRC instead of taking global MCIP spinlock
+	 * defined in arch/arc/kernel/mcip.c
+	 */
 	__mcip_cmd(CMD_GFRC_READ_LO, 0);