Re: [PATCH v5 06/13] PCI/P2PDMA: Add P2P DMA driver writer's documentation

From: Logan Gunthorpe
Date: Fri Aug 31 2018 - 11:51:22 EST

On 31/08/18 02:08 AM, Christian KÃnig wrote:
>> +One of the biggest issues is that PCI doesn't require forwarding
>> +transactions between hierarchy domains, and in PCIe, each Root Port
>> +defines a separate hierarchy domain. To make things worse, there is no
>> +simple way to determine if a given Root Complex supports this or not.
>> +(See PCIe r4.0, sec 1.3.1). Therefore, as of this writing, the kernel
>> +only supports doing P2P when the endpoints involved are all behind the
>> +same PCI bridge, as such devices are all in the same PCI hierarchy
>> +domain, and the spec guarantees that all transacations within the
>> +hierarchy will be routable, but it does not require routing
>> +between hierarchies.
> Can we add a kernel command line switch and a whitelist to enable P2P
> between separate hierarchies?

In future work, yes. But not for this patchset. This is definitely the
way I see things going, but we've chosen to start with what we've presented.