Re: USB mass storage and ARM cache coherency

From: Catalin Marinas
Date: Mon Mar 01 2010 - 05:42:41 EST

On Sun, 2010-02-28 at 00:14 +0000, Benjamin Herrenschmidt wrote:
> On Fri, 2010-02-26 at 21:00 +0000, Russell King - ARM Linux wrote:
> > On Fri, Feb 26, 2010 at 04:25:21PM +0000, Catalin Marinas wrote:
> > > For mmap'ed pages (and present in the page cache), is it guaranteed that
> > > the HCD driver won't write to it once it has been mapped into user
> > > space? If that's the case, it may solve the problem by just reversing
> > > the meaning of PG_arch_1 on ARM and assume that a newly allocated page
> > > has dirty D-cache by default.
> >
> > I guess we could also set PG_arch_1 in the DMA API as well, to avoid the
> > unnecessary D cache flushing when clean pages get mapped into userspace.

That sounds good to me.

> That's an interesting thought for us too. When doing I$/D$ coherency, we
> have to fist flush the D$ and then invalidate the I$. If we could keep
> track of D$ and I$ separately, we could avoid the first step in many
> cases, including the DMA API trick you mentioned.
> I wonder if it's time to get a PG_arch_2 :-)

As an optimisation, I think this would help (rather than always
invalidating the I-cache in update_mmu_cache or set_pte_at).


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