Re: USB mass storage and ARM cache coherency

From: Benjamin Herrenschmidt
Date: Thu Mar 04 2010 - 16:39:49 EST

On Thu, 2010-03-04 at 18:07 +0000, Catalin Marinas wrote:
> Are you more in favour if a PIO kmap API than inverting the meaning of
> PG_arch_1?

My main worry with this approach is the sheer amount of drivers that
need fixing. I believe inverting PG_arch_1 is a better solution and I
somewhat fail to see how we end up doing too much flushing if we have
per-page execute permission (but maybe SH doesn't ?)

> I'm not familiar with SH but for PIO devices the flushing shouldn't be
> more aggressive. For the DMA devices, Russell suggested that we mark
> the
> page as clean (set PG_dcache_clean) in the DMA API to avoid the
> default
> flushing.

I really like that idea, as I said earlier, but I'm worried about the I$
side of things. IE. What I'm trying to say is that I can't see how to do
that optimisation without ending up with missing I$ invalidations or
doing way too many of them, unless we have a separate bit to track I$

> > Note that the PG_dcache_dirty semantics are also outlined in
> > Documentation/cachetlb.txt for PG_arch_1 usage, so it's hardly
> esoteric.
> Yes, but the flush_dcache_page() semantics outlined in the same file
> aren't followed by all the PIO drivers in the kernel.


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