Re: Sending cpu 0 back to SAL slave loop

From: Jack Steiner <>
Date: 2006-10-07 12:16:59
On Fri, Oct 06, 2006 at 02:44:43PM -0600, Matthew Wilcox wrote:
> On Fri, Oct 06, 2006 at 03:39:10PM -0500, Jack Steiner wrote:
> > For kexec, it is ESSENTIAL that all cpus except for the one doing
> > the kexec be returned to the SAL slave loop. If this is not done, our
> > chipset will misdirect IO interrupts on the newly exec'ed kernel.
> Could you do an IPI call to have CPU 0 do the kexec and have the CPU
> that sent the IPI fall into the SAL slave loop instead?

Yes, that seems ok, too. One endcase that must be covered is the
case where where 1) cpu >0 panics and, 2) cpu 0 is looping with interrupts
disabled - perhaps waiting on a lock held by the panic'ing cpu.
In this case, the panic'ing cpu must send an NMI interrupt to cpu 0
to cause it to do the kexec.  Not sure but I think this can be made to work.

Hmmmmm. Another case that is more difficult to handle is a failure
where an MCA has occurred & cpu 0 is in the SAL rendez slave loop.
Kexec will have to bring cpu out of the rendez slave loop & cause it
to kexec the new kernel. Is this possible???

I like the NMI approach for the general case where you are kexec'ing 
a new kernel - not a crashdump kernel. We have some dependencies on 
the boot cpu not changing.

-- jack
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