SMP boot sequence

Daniel Hellstrom daniel at
Thu Oct 24 13:42:44 UTC 2013


I can see from the running on the LEON SMP hardware and analysing with GRMON that the init task is started and begins its execution on CPU1 before CPU0 (the booting CPU) has finished the RTEMS 
initialization in boot_card(). As I understand the boot procedure of RTEMS global CPU interrupt is not enabled before the first task is actually scheduled which works fine on the single-core. However 
on a SMP machine the secondary CPUs have enabled global CPU interrupt in order to receive IPIs during the boot sequence. At some point in the initialization sequence an IPI is sent to a secondary CPU, 
after the secondary CPU IPI has been handled the ISR exists into thread dispatch which switches in the Init task, and this is before CPU0 has completed boot_card(). I'm not sure how this should be 
fixed, perhaps secondary CPUs should be waked later in the initialization or the init task should not be enabled until the complete OS has been initialized.

What is the point in waking secondary CPUs before the can be given work to do? Of course initialization sequence would be easier to always have them on like in the current case... it seems that in 
other SMP OSes the initialization order have been split up in two parts, the first being single-core only, and the other to be multi-core "safe", I guess in the long run that is perhaps a good 
strategy for RTEMS as well where multiple CPUs could speed up the final initialization.

Driver initialization triggered from boot_card() may create READY tasks that might also be executed is my guess if more than two CPUs are present.

It seems to me that this is a platform independent problem, or how have PPC, Intel and ARM solved this?

Any insights on this?

Daniel Hellstrom

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