To read any data from ARconnect we have special interface
which includes two AUX registers: MCIP_CMD and MCIP_READBACK.
We write command to MCIP_CMD and read data from MCIP_READBACK
after that.

We have only one instance of this registers per cluster, so we need
to held global lock before access them. This lock is defined
in arch/arc/kernel/mcip.c

To read GFRC value we also use MCIP_CMD/MCIP_READBACK pair, but 
we take only local lock instead of global 'mcip_lock' lock:

static u64 arc_read_gfrc(struct clocksource *cs)
        unsigned long flags;
        u32 l, h;


        __mcip_cmd(CMD_GFRC_READ_LO, 0);
        l = read_aux_reg(ARC_REG_MCIP_READBACK);

        __mcip_cmd(CMD_GFRC_READ_HI, 0);
        h = read_aux_reg(ARC_REG_MCIP_READBACK);


        return (((u64)h) << 32) | l;

So we can break any command (like inter core interrupt send)
which uses MCIP_CMD/MCIP_READBACK pair when we read time from GFRC. 

One possible solution is to create function like gfrc_read() in mcip.c
which will use global 'mcip_lock' and call it from current 'arc_read_gfrc'

Or we can create a wrapper like 'mcip_read' in arch/arc/kernel/mcip.c
with next functionality:
u32 mcip_read(u32 cmd)
        u32 ret;


        __mcip_cmd(cmd, 0);
        ret = read_aux_reg(ARC_REG_MCIP_READBACK);


        return ret;

 Eugeniy Paltsev

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