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Re: [Qemu-arm] [PATCH v2] hw/ptimer: Don't wrap around counter for expir

From: Dmitry Osipenko
Subject: Re: [Qemu-arm] [PATCH v2] hw/ptimer: Don't wrap around counter for expired timer that uses tick handler
Date: Thu, 30 Jun 2016 22:01:45 +0300
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On 30.06.2016 18:02, Peter Maydell wrote:
> On 27 June 2016 at 19:26, Dmitry Osipenko <address@hidden> wrote:
>> On 27.06.2016 16:27, Peter Maydell wrote:
>>> I guess this fixes a regression, but it looks really weird.
>>> Why should the timer behaviour change if there happens to be
>>> a bottom half present? That should be an internal implementation
>>> detail. It's also a bit odd that use_icount is in the check:
>>> that shouldn't generally affect device emulation behaviour...
>> In case of a polled timer that doesn't have ptimer trigger bottom half 
>> callback
>> setup, we are free to wrap around counter since timer behaviour isn't changed
>> from ptimer user perspective, as it won't be able to change it's state in the
>> handler.
>> I just decided to keep that wraparound feature for a case of a polled free
>> running timer, this should result in a better distribution of the polled 
>> value.
>> The potential users of that feature are "imx_epit" and "digic" timer device
>> models. I should have mentioned it in the commit message to avoid confusion, 
>> sorry.
>> It is still an internal implementation detail, not sure what you are meaning.
>> Could you elaborate, please?
> What I meant was: ptimer_get_count() is typically called to generate
> a value to return from a register. That's a separate thing, conceptually,
> from whether the device happens to also trigger an interrupt on timer
> expiry by passing a bh to ptimer_init(). So it's very odd for a detail
> of interrupt-on-timer-expiry (that there is a bottom half) to affect
> the value returned when you read the timer count register.

In order to handle wraparound correctly, software needs to track the moment of
the wraparound - the interrupt. If software reads wrapped around counter value
before IRQ triggered (ptimer expired), then it would assume that no wraparound
happened and won't perform counter value correction, resulting in periodic
counter "jumping" backwards.

Anything wrong with it? Am I missing something?


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