RE: PCI Express

From: Nguyen, Tom L <>
Date: 2005-03-10 03:35:00
On Tue, Mar 08, 2005 at 05:29:13PM -0800, Jesse Barnes wrote:
> An MSI should behave like a processor sending an IPI to itself since
> address can be targeted at the processor's interrupt block and set to 
> generate a local interrupt.  Is that right, Tom & Grant?

MSI address is programmed at 0xfeex_xxxx (based on PCI Specs) to
generate a memory write to FSB. This address can be configured to target
a platform interrupt controller (like IOAPIC for example), which in turn
generates a memory write to a FSB, or be configured to send a memory
write directly to FSB. Existing MSI support implements a direct
memory-write mechanism (generic solution without platform dependency and
limitation to MSI-X support as an example). With existing direct
memory-write mechanism, a device's MSI address is configured with
current running CPU as a target. MSI support also implements MSI SMP
affinity, which supports IRQ rebalance and allows user to select which
CPU target through /proc/irq/...

I hope it helps.


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