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MPC8572DS is a high-performance computing, evaluation and development platform
supporting the mpc8572 PowerTM processor.
Building U-boot
make MPC8572DS_config
Flash Banks
MPC8572DS board has two flash banks. They are both present on boot, but their
locations can be swapped using the dip-switch SW9[1:2].
Booting is always from the boot bank at 0xec00_0000.
Memory Map
0xe800_0000 - 0xebff_ffff Alternate bank 64MB
0xec00_0000 - 0xefff_ffff Boot bank 64MB
0xebf8_0000 - 0xebff_ffff Alternate u-boot address 512KB
0xeff8_0000 - 0xefff_ffff Boot u-boot address 512KB
Flashing Images
To place a new u-boot image in the alternate flash bank and then reset with that
new image temporarily, use this:
tftp 1000000 u-boot.bin
erase ebf80000 ebffffff
cp.b 1000000 ebf80000 80000
pixis_reset altbank
To program the image in the boot flash bank:
tftp 1000000 u-boot.bin
protect off all
erase eff80000 ffffffff
cp.b 1000000 eff80000 80000
The pixis_reset command
The command - "pixis_reset", is introduced to reset mpc8572ds board
using the FPGA sequencer. When the board restarts, it has the option
of using either the current or alternate flash bank as the boot
image, with or without the watchdog timer enabled, and finally with
or without frequency changes.
Usage is;
pixis_reset altbank
pixis_reset altbank wd
pixis_reset altbank cf <SYSCLK freq> <COREPLL ratio> <MPXPLL ratio>
pixis_reset cf <SYSCLK freq> <COREPLL ratio> <MPXPLL ratio>
/* reset to current bank, like "reset" command */
/* reset board but use the to alternate flash bank */
pixis_reset altbank
Using the Device Tree Source File
To create the DTB (Device Tree Binary) image file,
use a command similar to this:
dtc -b 0 -f -I dts -O dtb mpc8572ds.dts > mpc8572ds.dtb
Likely, that .dts file will come from here;
Booting Linux
Place a linux uImage in the TFTP disk area.
tftp 1000000 uImage.8572
tftp c00000 mpc8572ds.dtb
bootm 1000000 - c00000
Implementing AMP(Asymmetric MultiProcessing)
1. Build kernel image for core0:
a. $ make 85xx/mpc8572_ds_defconfig
b. $ make menuconfig
- un-select "Processor support"->"Symetric multi-processing support"
c. $ make uImage
d. $ cp arch/powerpc/boot/uImage /tftpboot/uImage.core0
2. Build kernel image for core1:
a. $ make 85xx/mpc8572_ds_defconfig
b. $ make menuconfig
- Un-select "Processor support"->"Symetric multi-processing support"
- Select "Advanced setup" -> " Prompt for advanced kernel
configuration options"
- Select "Set physical address where the kernel is loaded" and
set it to 0x20000000, assuming core1 will start from 512MB.
- Select "Set custom page offset address"
- Select "Set custom kernel base address"
- Select "Set maximum low memory"
- "Exit" and save the selection.
c. $ make uImage
d. $ cp arch/powerpc/boot/uImage /tftpboot/uImage.core1
3. Create dtb for core0:
$ dtc -I dts -O dtb -f -b 0 arch/powerpc/boot/dts/mpc8572ds_core0.dts > /tftpboot/mpc8572ds_core0.dtb
4. Create dtb for core1:
$ dtc -I dts -O dtb -f -b 1 arch/powerpc/boot/dts/mpc8572ds_core1.dts > /tftpboot/mpc8572ds_core1.dtb
5. Bring up two cores separately:
a. Power on the board, under u-boot prompt:
=> setenv <serverip>
=> setenv <ipaddr>
=> setenv bootargs root=/dev/ram rw console=ttyS0,115200
b. Bring up core1's kernel first:
=> setenv bootm_low 0x20000000
=> setenv bootm_size 0x10000000
=> tftp 21000000 8572/uImage.core1
=> tftp 22000000 8572/ramdiskfile
=> tftp 20c00000 8572/mpc8572ds_core1.dtb
=> interrupts off
=> bootm start 21000000 22000000 20c00000
=> bootm loados
=> bootm ramdisk
=> bootm fdt
=> fdt boardsetup
=> fdt chosen $initrd_start $initrd_end
=> bootm prep
=> cpu 1 release $bootm_low - $fdtaddr -
c. Bring up core0's kernel(on the same u-boot console):
=> setenv bootm_low 0
=> setenv bootm_size 0x20000000
=> tftp 1000000 8572/uImage.core0
=> tftp 2000000 8572/ramdiskfile
=> tftp c00000 8572/mpc8572ds_core0.dtb
=> bootm 1000000 2000000 c00000
Please note only core0 will run u-boot, core1 starts kernel directly after
"cpu release" command is issued.