Re: PCI DMA to small buffers on cache-incoherent arch

From: Oliver Neukum (
Date: Tue Jun 11 2002 - 10:44:55 EST

Am Dienstag, 11. Juni 2002 17:12 schrieb David Brownell:
> > One question is whether to support only one of them, or allow both.
> > In either case the DMA-mapping.txt will need to touch on the issue.
> >
> > Another important issue is from where do these issues originate?
> >
> > This stuff rarely happens most of the time because block buffers and
> > networking buffers are what are fed to the chip.
> I think the examples Oliver found related mostly to device control
> and status tracking.

I did not look for others. It would seem that SCSI and networking are
affected as well. SCSI due to the sense buffer.

> Or then there's David Woodhouse's option (disable caching on those
> pages while the DMA mapping is active) which seems good, except for
> the fact that this issue is most common for buffers that are a lot
> smaller than one page ... so lots of otherwise cacheable data would
> suddenly get very slow. :)

There might be several buffers in one page. You'd have to count
DMA users in struct page.
Secondly are you sure that a physical page won't be accessed
by several different virtual addresses ? On some architectures
that would kill us.


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