Re: highmem, aic7xxx, and vfat: too few segs for dma mapping

From: Gérard Roudier (
Date: Thu Dec 13 2001 - 13:13:01 EST

On Thu, 13 Dec 2001, David S. Miller wrote:

> From: Gérard Roudier <>
> Date: Thu, 13 Dec 2001 17:17:22 +0100 (CET)
> PS: Don't take the wrong way my statements against Sun stuff. In fact, I
> dislike almost everything that comes and came from them. :)
> Unfortunately the things you complain about are anything but Sun or
> Sparc specific. PPC64, MIPS64, Alpha, HPPA, and probably others I
> have forgotten (oh yes and IA64 in the future if Intel gets their
> heads out of their asses) all have IOMMU mechanisms in their PCI
> controllers.

Might just be contagious brain disease. :)

> This disease may even some day infect x86 systems. In fact
> technically it already has, most AMD chipsets use a slightly modified
> Alpha PCI controller which does have an IOMMU hidden deep down inside
> of it :-)
> Like I said before, the fact that PCI allows this to work is a feature
> that is actually better for PCI's relevance and longevity, not worse.
> Or do you suggest that it is wiser to use bounce buffering to handle
> 32-bit cards on systems with more than 4GB of ram? :-) Using all
> 64-bit capable cards is not an answer, especially when the big
> advantage of PCI is how commoditized and flooded the market is with
> 32-bit cards.

If things happened this way for the last 20 years, then the typical CPU
nowaday would probably look like a 20 GHz Z80. :)

When I purchased my PIII 233 MHz 4 years ago, I thought that my next
system will be a full 64 bit system. Indeed I was dreaming. Btw, I donnot
consider an hybrid 32bit path / 64bit path system to be a 64 bit system.

I understand the deal between making money and doing things right. In the
job I earn from, the former obviously applies, but I didn't earn a single
euro-cent from free software. So, allow me, at least as long as this will
not be changed, not to agree with you here and stop the discussion as a


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