Re: [patch] e1000 TSO parameter

From: David Mosberger (
Date: Wed Jul 16 2003 - 01:32:48 EST

>>>>> On Tue, 15 Jul 2003 18:39:11 -0700, "David S. Miller" <> said:

>> We could, but would it always be a win? Especially for
>> copy_from_user(). Most of the time, that data remains cached, so
>> I don't think we'd want to use non-temporal stores on those (in
>> general). csum_and_copy_from_user() isn't well optimized yet.
>> Let's see if I can find a volunteer... ;-)

  DaveM> No, I mean "bypass L2 cache on miss" for stores. Don't tell
  DaveM> me IA64 doesn't have that? 8) I certainly didn't mean "always
  DaveM> bypass L2 cache" for stores :-)

What I'm saying is that I almost always want copy_user() to put the
destination data in the cache, even if it isn't cached yet. Many
copy_user() calls are for for data structures that easily fit in the
cache and the data is usually used quickly afterwards.

As for cache-hints supported by IA64: the architecture supports
various non-temporal hints (non-temporal in 1st, 2nd, or all
cache-levels). How these hints are implemented depends on the chip.
On McKinley, non-temporal hints are generally implemented by storing
the data in the cache without updating the LRU info. So if the data
is already there, it will stay cached (until a victim is needed).

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