Re: [PATCH] cleanup: Add 'struct dev' in the TTM layer to bepassed in for DMA API calls.

From: Konrad Rzeszutek Wilk
Date: Tue Mar 22 2011 - 10:32:01 EST

On Tue, Mar 08, 2011 at 09:52:54PM +0100, Thomas Hellstrom wrote:
> Hi, Konrad,
> Is passing a struct device to the DMA api really *strictly* necessary?

Soo.. it seems it is on PowerPC, which I sadly didn't check for, does require
> I'd like to avoid that at all cost, since we don't want pages that
> are backing buffer objects
> (coherent pages) to be associated with a specific device.
> The reason for this is that we probably soon will want to move ttm
> buffer objects between devices, and that should ideally be a simple
> operation: If the memory type the buffer object currently resides in
> is not shared between two devices, then move it out to system memory
> and change its struct bo_device pointer.

I was thinking about this a bit after I found that the PowerPC requires
the 'struct dev'. But I got a question first, what do you with pages
that were allocated to a device that can do 64-bit DMA and then
move it to a device than can 32-bit DMA? Obviously the 32-bit card would
set the TTM_PAGE_FLAG_DMA32 flag, but the 64-bit would not. What is the
process then? Allocate a new page from the 32-bit device and then copy over the
page from the 64-bit TTM and put the 64-bit TTM page?

> If pages are associated with a specific device, this will become
> much harder. Basically we need to change backing pages and copy all

what if you track it. Right now you need to track two things:
'struct page *' and 'dma_addr_t'. What if you had also to track
'struct dev *' with the page in question? Something like this:

diff --git a/include/drm/ttm/ttm_bo_driver.h b/include/drm/ttm/ttm_bo_driver.h
index efed082..1986761 100644
--- a/include/drm/ttm/ttm_bo_driver.h
+++ b/include/drm/ttm/ttm_bo_driver.h
@@ -158,9 +158,14 @@ enum ttm_caching_state {
* memory.

+struct ttm_tt_page {
+ struct page *page;
+ dma_addr_t *dma_addr;
+ struct dev *dev;
struct ttm_tt {
struct page *dummy_read_page;
- struct page **pages;
+ struct ttm_tt_page **pages;
long first_himem_page;
long last_lomem_page;
uint32_t page_flags;
@@ -176,7 +181,6 @@ struct ttm_tt {
} state;
- dma_addr_t *dma_address;

#define TTM_MEMTYPE_FLAG_FIXED (1 << 0) /* Fixed (on-card) PCI memory */

could do it. And when you pass the 'page' to the other TTM, it is just the matter
of passing in the 'struct ttm_tt_page' now.
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