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From: Arnd Bergmann <arnd@arndb.de>
To: Mikulas Patocka <mpatocka@redhat.com>
Cc: Richard Henderson <rth@twiddle.net>,
	Ivan Kokshaysky <ink@jurassic.park.msu.ru>,
	Matt Turner <mattst88@gmail.com>,
	Greg Kroah-Hartman <gregkh@linuxfoundation.org>,
	alpha <linux-alpha@vger.kernel.org>,
	linux-serial@vger.kernel.org, linux-rtc@vger.kernel.org
Subject: Re: [PATCH v4] alpha: add a barrier after outb, outw and outl
Date: Thu, 7 May 2020 21:12:16 +0200
Message-ID: <CAK8P3a3SBg=w72KVgGUGAUcmU-6RxrQW=mnYf8vmFjBL5jbDpg@mail.gmail.com> (raw)
In-Reply-To: <alpine.LRH.2.02.2005071145250.15191@file01.intranet.prod.int.rdu2.redhat.com>

On Thu, May 7, 2020 at 5:46 PM Mikulas Patocka <mpatocka@redhat.com> wrote:
>
> The patch 92d7223a74235054f2aa7227d207d9c57f84dca0 ("alpha: io: reorder
> barriers to guarantee writeX() and iowriteX() ordering #2") broke boot on
> the Alpha Avanti platform.
>
> The patch changes timing between accesses to the ISA bus, in particular,
> it reduces the time between "write" access and a subsequent "read" access.
>
> This causes lock-up when accessing the real time clock and serial ports.
>
> This patch fixes the bug by adding a memory barrier after the functions
> that access the ISA ports - outb, outw, outl. The barrier causes that
> there is some delay between the write to an IO port and a subsequent read.

Based on your earlier explanations, I would mention here that the barrier
avoids the back-to-back I/O instructions on the bus that seem to be causing
the problem. As I understand it (having very little alpha specific knowledge),
they should prevent them by design. However if you are sure it's just the
added delay rather than any actual barrier effect, that would also be worth
pointing out.

> Signed-off-by: Mikulas Patocka <mpatocka@redhat.com>
> Fixes: 92d7223a7423 ("alpha: io: reorder barriers to guarantee writeX() and iowriteX() ordering #2")
> Cc: stable@vger.kernel.org      # v4.17+

With or without any further clarification

Acked-by: Arnd Bergmann <arnd@arndb.de>

  reply index

Thread overview: 45+ messages / expand[flat|nested]  mbox.gz  Atom feed  top
2020-05-06 11:21 [PATCH 1/2] alpha: add a delay between RTC port write and read Mikulas Patocka
2020-05-06 14:20 ` Arnd Bergmann
2020-05-06 17:12   ` [PATCH 1/2 v2] alpha: add a delay to inb_p, inb_w and inb_l Mikulas Patocka
2020-05-07  8:06     ` [PATCH 1/2 v3] " Mikulas Patocka
2020-05-07  8:20       ` Greg Kroah-Hartman
2020-05-07 10:53         ` Mikulas Patocka
2020-05-07 13:30       ` Arnd Bergmann
2020-05-07 14:09         ` Mikulas Patocka
2020-05-07 15:08           ` Arnd Bergmann
2020-05-07 15:45             ` Mikulas Patocka
2020-05-07 15:46             ` [PATCH v4] alpha: add a barrier after outb, outw and outl Mikulas Patocka
2020-05-07 19:12               ` Arnd Bergmann [this message]
2020-05-10  1:27                 ` Maciej W. Rozycki
2020-05-10  1:25             ` [PATCH 1/2 v3] alpha: add a delay to inb_p, inb_w and inb_l Maciej W. Rozycki
2020-05-10 18:50               ` Mikulas Patocka
2020-05-11 14:58                 ` Maciej W. Rozycki
2020-05-12 19:35                   ` Mikulas Patocka
2020-05-13 14:41                   ` Ivan Kokshaysky
2020-05-13 16:13                     ` Greg Kroah-Hartman
2020-05-13 17:17                     ` Maciej W. Rozycki
2020-05-22 13:03                       ` Mikulas Patocka
2020-05-22 13:37                         ` Maciej W. Rozycki
2020-05-22 13:26                     ` Mikulas Patocka
2020-05-22 20:00                       ` Mikulas Patocka
2020-05-23 10:26                         ` [PATCH v4] alpha: fix memory barriers so that they conform to the specification Mikulas Patocka
2020-05-23 15:10                           ` Ivan Kokshaysky
2020-05-23 15:34                             ` Mikulas Patocka
2020-05-23 15:37                               ` [PATCH v5] " Mikulas Patocka
2020-05-24 14:54                                 ` Maciej W. Rozycki
2020-05-25 13:56                                   ` Mikulas Patocka
2020-05-25 14:07                                     ` Arnd Bergmann
2020-05-25 14:45                                     ` Maciej W. Rozycki
2020-05-25 15:53                                       ` [PATCH v6] " Mikulas Patocka
2020-05-26 14:47                                         ` [PATCH v7] " Mikulas Patocka
2020-05-27  0:18                                           ` Maciej W. Rozycki
2020-06-08  6:58                                             ` Mikulas Patocka
2020-06-08 23:49                                               ` Matt Turner
2020-05-25 15:54                                       ` [PATCH v5] " Mikulas Patocka
2020-05-25 16:39                                         ` Maciej W. Rozycki
2020-05-26 14:48                                           ` Mikulas Patocka
2020-05-27  0:23                                             ` Maciej W. Rozycki
2020-05-23 16:44                               ` [PATCH v4] " Maciej W. Rozycki
2020-05-23 17:09                                 ` Mikulas Patocka
2020-05-23 19:27                                   ` Maciej W. Rozycki
2020-05-23 20:11                                     ` Mikulas Patocka

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