Re: USB mass storage and ARM cache coherency

From: Catalin Marinas
Date: Fri Jan 29 2010 - 11:34:19 EST

On Fri, 2010-01-29 at 16:23 +0000, Ming Lei wrote:
> 2010/1/29 Catalin Marinas <catalin.marinas@xxxxxxx>:
> > I've been trying for some time to use a rootfs (ext2) on a USB memory
> > stick on ARM platforms but without any success. The USB HCD driver is
> > ISP1760 which doesn't use DMA.
> >
> > ARM has a Harvard cache architecture and what I get is incoherency
> > between the I and D caches. The CPU I'm using (ARM11MPCore) has PIPT
> > caches with D-cache lines allocation on write.
> >
> > Basically, when user space tries to execute from a new page, it faults
> > and the data is requested via the VFS layer, SCSI block device and USB
> > mass storage from the ISP1760 driver. The page is then mapped into user
> > space and update_mmu_cache() called.
> >
> > However, since the driver is PIO, the data copied from the USB device
> > into RAM gets stuck in the D-cache. On the above page requesting path
> > there is no call to flush_dcache_page() to handle D-cache maintenance
> > (for DMA drivers, that's handled by the DMA API).
> >
> > Since the USB mass storage code has the information about the USB driver
> Sorry, I am a little confused that usb mass storage has what information
> about DMA or PIO of low level usb transfer?

I was thinking about checking dev->bus->controller->dma_mask which the
code (though not the storage one) seems to imply that if the dma_mask is
0, the HCD driver is only capable of PIO.

That would be a more general solution rather than going through each HCD
driver since my understanding is that flush_dcache_page() is only needed
together with the mass storage support.


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