Philippe Gerum wrote:
> On Tue, 2007-06-12 at 19:59 +0200, Jan Kiszka wrote:
>> Gilles Chanteperdrix wrote:
>>> Jan Kiszka wrote:
>>>> Philippe Gerum wrote:
>>>>> On Tue, 2007-06-12 at 08:42 +0200, M. Koehrer wrote:
>>>>>> Hi everybody,
>>>>>> I want to know why the --enable-smp option for "configure" of Xenomai is 
>>>>>> used when there
>>>>>> is already the corresponding option selected with the kernel 
>>>>>> configuration?
>>>>> --enable-smp is only used when you want the user-space side to _require_
>>>>> SMP support to be present into the running kernel; i.e. for some (weird)
>>>>> reason, your application really needs this. Xenomai libraries don't care
>>>>> whether SMP support is enabled or not, they are not sensitive to that
>>>>> issue (see the "weak" status of this option in README.INSTALL)
>>>> Switchtest bases some compile-time decisions on CONFIG_SMP. Nitpicking,
>>>> OK, but I wonder if this is required. Gilles?
>>> If you do not enable the smp option, switchtest will only use one cpu.
>>> The reason why I made this is that, on some UP machine, (probably arm,
>>> but I do no longer remember) sysconf(_SC_NPROCESSORS_ONLN) did not work.
>> Welcome to embedded hell :-/. What was the effect precisely? Can we
>> detect this during runtime? The point is I see people trying this test
>> on SMP without providing the right switch to configure. Would be a pity
>> IMHO.
>> At this chance: I also noticed problems with our sched_setscheduler
>> detection and bfin's uClibc. Compilations works, linking fails - they
>> provide headers, but lack implementations. Patch suggestion will follow.
>> And my pthread_spin_lock detection got nicely vaporised on bfin once
>> again. I'm considering to switch back to the original configure-based
>> detection.
> Notice that you have no atomic ops available on Blackfin CPUs, and to
> emulate them, you would have to mask interrupts, which you can't do in
> user-space (privileged instruction). So you will always end up issuing a
> syscall under the hood (bfin_spinlock), that does some kind of spinlock
> emulation from kernel space. Next kernel releases might improve things
> by allowing to jump to atomic emulation routines directly from
> user-space, but this is not yet available AFAIK. IOW, don't expect
> performance improvements from user-space locking, yet.

For now my point was the old uClibc issue "define _POSIX_SPIN_LOCKS, but
avoid to implement it". Blackfin's toolchain managed to do the second
part differently, and no longer detectable without configure's help.

>> Enough of the moaning.
> Still, this is quite a fun architecture to work with.

Yeah, it basically worked here already (with latest release, to answer
your other mail), some Xenomai tests (non-POSIX) used to run. But now
I'm a bit off-road (SVN head) to apply patches and fix quirks I came
across. That's where the fun really starts... :)


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