i.MX6 support

Martin Stein martin.stein at ...1...
Fri Mar 27 12:31:27 CET 2015

Hi Praveen,

On 26.03.2015 18:30, Praveen B wrote:
> Taking into consideration all the issues, we have forked another
> repository, https://github.com/iitmadras/genode and updated the commits. 
> Please take a look at it.

Good that you've re-based and merged your work. This way, it shouldn't
be a big deal to bring in our Wandboard port as base.

> By the way, is SMP enabled for CortexA9 processors in the latest base-hw
> version? 

No, there is a local topic branch in my repository that enables
Cortex-A9 SMP but it causes problems with another board and thus isn't
merged yet. However, if you like to try SMP, I can re-base it for you.

> Because In our port if we return false for is_smp() function of our
> board, there is an unresolved page fault in the Core thread.
> We have also assigned variable, NR_OF_CPUS = 1. 

Thats because 'is_smp' doesn't reflect wether SMP extensions are used by
Genode (this is what 'NR_OF_CPUS' is for) but merely wether they're
provided by the board. The return value of 'is_smp' is needed to decide
on the sharebility and cacheability of translation tables which, if not
set on SMP boards, causes new translations to not appear before an
appropriate cache flush. That's why you receive a page fault. On
platforms without SMP extensions, the flush is achieved through the hook

> The file 'serial.h' in spec/imx can be an issue for our board, because
> our board uses UART 0x021e8000 as you mentioned below. We'll think about
> how to solve it.

I think, as we'll need to split up 'drivers/board_base.h' for Wandboard
and your board anyway, the best solution would be to define

UART_1_IRQ = 59,
UART_1_MMIO_BASE = 0x021e8000,

in 'platform_your_board/drivers/board_base.h' and

UART_1_IRQ = 58,
UART_1_MMIO_BASE = 0x02020000,

in 'platform_wand_quad/drivers/board_base.h'. This way we can keep the
generic serial header.

> We will try to run the code on our board as soon as possible and let you
> know, If there are any issues.

Cool. I'm curious about your observations.


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