Re: [PATCH 1/2] dma-coherent: Add one parameter to save available coherent memory

From: Baolin Wang
Date: Sat Jun 02 2018 - 22:12:24 EST

On 1 June 2018 at 01:25, Robin Murphy <robin.murphy@xxxxxxx> wrote:
> On 31/05/18 06:55, Baolin Wang wrote:
>> It is incorrect to use mem->size to valid if there are enough coherent
>> memory to allocate in __dma_alloc_from_coherent(), since some devices
>> may mark some occupied coherent memory by
>> dma_mark_declared_memory_occupied().
>> So we can introduce one 'avail' parameter to save the available device
>> coherent memory, to valid if we have enough coherent memory for the device
>> to allocate.
> We already have dma_mem->size stored for other reasons, so there's little
> harm in using it for a rough sanity check to short-circuit the odd
> allocation which cannot possibly succeed, but adding machinery purely for
> the sake an ever-so-slightly more accurate, but still far from exhaustive,
> check doesn't really seem worth it.
> Even if size <= dma_mem->avail there's still no guarantee that the
> allocation will actually succeed, so what benefit does the explicit
> accounting provide?

Yes, it can not guarantee one successful allocation, but it can avoid
some redundant bitmap operation and reducing the preempt-disable time
if we have not enough memory by checking the actual available coherent
memory. By the way, I think we should also add check in
dma_mark_declared_memory_occupied() and __dma_mmap_from_coherent().

Best Regards