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DATE 2015-09-16
FROM Ruben Safir
SUBJECT Subject: [LIU Comp Sci] Fwd: Re: When to use threaded interrupts?
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FYI



-------- Forwarded Message --------
Subject: Re: When to use threaded interrupts?
Date: Tue, 15 Sep 2015 12:05:13 -0700
From: Greg KH
To: Kosta Zertsekel
CC: Rami Rosen , kernelnewbies


On Tue, Sep 15, 2015 at 09:02:24PM +0300, Kosta Zertsekel wrote:
> >> On 10 September 2015 at 20:49, Kosta Zertsekel
> >> Also, I see that in 4.2 there are only ~76 drivers that use threaded
> >> interrupt:
> >> ```
> >> $ git grep -l IRQ_WAKE_THREAD | sort | grep -v "\.h" | wc -l
> >> 76
> >> ```
>
> > On Sun, Sep 13, 2015 at 2:16 PM, Rami Rosen wrote:
> > This kernel and older ones include device drivers which use threaded IRQs
> > (call request_threaded_irq(), etc).
> > For example, many of the driver under drivers/input/touchscreen are
> > using threaded IRQs:
> > Following link is from kernel 3.18:
> > http://lxr.free-electrons.com/source/drivers/input/touchscreen/ucb1400_ts.c?v
> =3.18
> >
> > How did you came to the conclusion that this kernel does not support
> > threaded IRQs ? could it be that you simply do not use device drivers
> > that use this mechanism ?
>
> In the given touch screen driver request_threaded_irq() provides NULL
> for the thread function pointer. Hence, the non-threaded IRQ mechanism
> is actually being used. This is why I grepped for IRQ_WAKE_THREAD and
> not for request_threaded_irq.
>
> So, the questions remains.
> Why only ~76 drivers use the threaded IRQ mechanism?

Because people have not converted older code to the newer mechanism.

> What are the cons of the threaded IRQ mechanism?

Slower throughput and added complexity.

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