Re: [PATCH v3 2/4] videobuf2-dma-streaming: new videobuf2 memory allocator
From: Federico Vaga
Date: Sun Jan 06 2013 - 12:05:48 EST
> I have more information about DMA on the board that I'm using; probably, I
> can make dma-contig work with my device.
Ok, the driver STA2X11 now works with a patched dma-contig allocator. So, my
streaming allocator it is not mandatory.
I based my work on the previous work made by Windriver, but now I understand
the DMA problem and the solution easy.
I investigated (asked to Alessandro Rubini who worked on this board) about
this DMA issue. The problem is that on the sta2x11 architecture only the first
512MB are available through the PCI bus, but the allocator can allocate memory
for DMA above this limit. By using GFP_DMA flags the allocation take place
under the 16MB so it works.
If you think that the streaming allocator can be useful for someone else (who
has performance problem with uncached DMA like Jonathan when he did dma-nc
allocator), I can resend the patch.
I cannot do performance test at the moment because I don't have the time, so I
cannot personally justify the presence of a new allocator. I think that I will
do some performance test with this driver; if I will find that dma-streaming
works better I will propose it again.
I will propose V4 patches soon.
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