Re: Bug: Discontigmem virt_to_page() [Alpha,ARM,Mips64?]

From: Martin J. Bligh (
Date: Fri May 03 2002 - 01:58:01 EST

>> IIRC, there are some funny games you can play with 32bit PCI DMA.
>> You're not necessarily restricted to the bottom 4Gb of phys addr space,
>> you're restricted to a 4Gb window, which you can shift by programming
>> a register on the card. Fixing that register to point to a window for the
>> node in question allows you to allocate from a node's pg_data_t and
>> assure DMAable RAM is returned.
> if you've as many windows as the number of nodes than you're just fine
> in all cases. you only need to teach pci_map_single and friends to
> return the right bus address that won't be an identity anymore with the
> phys addr, then you can forget the >4G phys constraint on the pages
> returned by zone_normal :).

I only have third hand information, rather than real experience in
this particular area, but I believe the general idea was to map
the window for any given card onto it's own node's physaddr space.

For a general dirty kludge, we could allocated DMAable memory by
simply doing an alloc_pages_node from node 0 (assuming a max of
4Gb in the first node ... if we really want a bounce buffer *and*
we have more than 4Gb in the first node *and* we have a 32 bit
DMA card, we can always alloc from ZONE_NORMAL on node 0 ... yes,
that's pretty disgusting ... but 99% of things will have 64 bit


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