[PATCH] introduce config option to disable DMA zone on i386

From: Marcelo Tosatti
Date: Thu Dec 28 2006 - 12:28:02 EST


The following patch adds a config option to get rid of the DMA zone on i386.

Architectures with devices that have no addressing limitations (eg. PPC)
already work this way.

This is useful for custom kernel builds where the developer is certain that
there are no address limitations.

For example, the OLPC machine contains:

- USB devices
- no floppy
- no address limited PCI devices
- no floppy

A unified zone simplifies VM reclaiming work, and also simplifies OOM
killer heuristics (no need to deal with OOM on the DMA zone).


diff --git a/arch/i386/Kconfig b/arch/i386/Kconfig
index 0d67a0a..8d4dd5e 100644
--- a/arch/i386/Kconfig
+++ b/arch/i386/Kconfig
@@ -547,6 +547,18 @@ choice
bool "1G/3G user/kernel split"

+config NO_DMA_ZONE
+ bool "DMA zone support"
+ default n
+ help
+ This disables support for the 16MiB DMA zone. Only enable this
+ option if you are certain that your devices contain no DMA
+ addressing limitations. A few of them which do:
+ - floppy
+ - ISA devices
+ - some PCI devices (soundcards, etc)
default 0xB0000000 if VMSPLIT_3G_OPT
diff --git a/arch/i386/kernel/setup.c b/arch/i386/kernel/setup.c
index 79df6e6..3078019 100644
--- a/arch/i386/kernel/setup.c
+++ b/arch/i386/kernel/setup.c
@@ -371,9 +371,13 @@ void __init zone_sizes_init(void)
unsigned long max_zone_pfns[MAX_NR_ZONES];
memset(max_zone_pfns, 0, sizeof(max_zone_pfns));
max_zone_pfns[ZONE_DMA] =
virt_to_phys((char *)MAX_DMA_ADDRESS) >> PAGE_SHIFT;
max_zone_pfns[ZONE_NORMAL] = max_low_pfn;
+ max_zone_pfns[ZONE_DMA] = max_low_pfn;
max_zone_pfns[ZONE_HIGHMEM] = highend_pfn;
add_active_range(0, 0, highend_pfn);

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