RE: [PATCH] pci-mmconfig fix for 2.6.9

From: Michael Chan
Date: Fri Nov 12 2004 - 12:54:59 EST

On Wednesday, November 10, 2004 11:58 PM Andi Kleen wrote:
> Where is it guaranteed that these writes are non posted?

Intel chipset engineer confirmed that they are non-posted. Here are
excerpts from some email exchange with Intel. We reported the
out-of-spec dummy read problem to Intel a while back.

Begin forwarded message:

Hi Michael,

I have checked our chipset engineer. He specified that the mmconfig is
truly non posted and memory cycles will be completed only after the
config write are finished.

So I think flushing is not necessary and readl can be removed.


-----Original Message-----
From: Michael Chan [mailto:mchan@xxxxxxxxxxxx]
Sent: Friday, November 05, 2004 5:08 AM
To: Durairaj, Sundarapandian
Subject: RE: MMCONFIG Bug

Hi Sundar,

Thanks for the update. I agree that config cycles are non-posted and
therefore flushing is unnecessary. However, since config cycles are not
directly generated by the CPU, it is a bit more complicated. When the
CPU issues the memory cycle (writel) to the chipset, the chipset will
translate the memory cycle into a PCI Express config request on the
appropriate PCI Express link. The target device will then return a

Is the memory cycle to the chipset posted or not? In other words, does
the chipset complete the memory cycle before issuing the config cycle,
or does it issue the config cycle and wait for completion before
completing the memory cycle (writel) from the CPU? If the latter is
true, then it is unnecessary to flush the writel as it is truly
non-posted. If the former is true, I think flushing is still necessary.
Just wanted to confirm this.


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