Re: USB mass storage and ARM cache coherency

From: FUJITA Tomonori
Date: Tue Mar 02 2010 - 22:48:44 EST

On Wed, 03 Mar 2010 10:29:54 +1100
Benjamin Herrenschmidt <benh@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:

> On Tue, 2010-03-02 at 17:05 +0000, Catalin Marinas wrote:
> > The viable solutions so far:
> >
> > 1. Implement a PIO mapping API similar to the DMA API which takes
> > care of the D-cache flushing. This means that PIO drivers would
> > need to be modified to use an API like pio_kmap()/pio_kunmap()
> > before writing to a page cache page.
> > 2. Invert the meaning of PG_arch_1 to denote a clean page. This
> > means that by default newly allocated page cache pages are
> > considered dirty and even if there isn't a call to
> > flush_dcache_page(), update_mmu_cache() would flush the D-cache.
> > This is the PowerPC approach.
> I don't see the point of a "PIO" API. I would thus vote for 2 :-) Note

Yeah, as powerpc and ia64 do, arm can flush D cache and invalidate I
cache when inserting a executable page to pte, IIUC. No need for the
new API for I/D consistency.

The ways to improve the approach (introducing PG_arch_2 or marking a
page clean on dma_unmap_* with DMA_FROM_DEVICE like ia64 does) is up
to architectures.
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