On Monday 31 October 2005 16:04, you wrote: > Dmitry Adamushko wrote: > > It seems to me now, that some parts of the hal will be involved > > (rthal_irq_request/release()) since the nucleus itself doesn't keep track > > of registered irqs. > > That's true. And it also raises another question to me: why do we have > those two different IRQ models? > > The HAL only one handler per IRQ which get called with the triggering > IRQ number. That handler will call the nucleus with an attached cookie. > And on the other side is the nucleus which works with a xnintr_t per > IRQ. The xnintr_irq_handler() deals with things like re-enabling IRQs, > rescheduling, etc. > > I'm asking as this abstraction adds one trampoline call (at HAL level), > thus may lead to more I-cache misses. Isn't it worth considering some > HAL mechanisms based on more #defines and static inlines in this regard?
Let's take a look at what we have got currently:  ipipe_domain::irqs[IPIPE_NR_IRQS] [ADEOS-IPIPE] the handler is defined as void (*handler)(unsigned irq); in our case, this is rthal_irq_trampoline()  , but can be different for some other cases;  rthal_irq_trampoline() [HAL] struct rthal_realtime_irq[IPIPE_NR_IRQS] the handler is defined as void (*handler)(unsigned irq, void *cookie); this one normally does a simple thing, just calls xnintr_irq_handler()  as you have mentioned before.  xnintr_irq_handler() [nucleus] this routine calls a certain user's ISR as well as handles some nucleus-specific chores (re-scheduling, etc.)  user's ISR [user driver] does user-specific things Well,  is necessary anyway since some nucleus-related chores must be done and this is a correct layer for that (e.g.  knows nothing about scheduling). What can be theoretically merged is  +  (errr... I said theoretically, it's still not the case to kill me for just having said that :o). To this end, ipipe_domain should be extended in order to contain all the fields of ::struct rthal_realtime_irq (at least, handler(irq, cookie) + cookie). btw, ipipe_domain::irqs may even contain a pointer to the slightly modified xnintr_t structure (which is really e.g. a circular list) that may be passed as "cockie" to the xnintr_irq_handler(). The analogy is irq_desc_t vs. irqaction structures in Linux. This way, xnintr_irq_handler() can be called from adeos-ipipe layer directly without the  layer. But that change looks quite invasive to me so far since ipipe_domain::irqs::handler(irq - with a single parameter) is used all over the map. In our case, the relation between xnintr_irq_handler() and rthal_irq_trampoline() is 1:1. The first one does much more things that the second one which is really almost a pure redirection layer. Hopefully, xnintr_irq_handler() is i-cache-hot as long as possible under high irq load. In this case, I guess, rthal_irq_trampoline() will be in cache as well (since it's really small) and the overhead is only about having one array indexing op. and issuing a call via a pointer to the function (xnintr_irq_handler() in our case). Do you think that really gives a significant overhead? Well, maybe so. I'm not a profie here anyway... > > Jan --- Best regards, Dmitry