Re: [RFC PATCH] drm: disable WC optimization for cache coherent devices on non-x86
From: Ard Biesheuvel
Date: Thu Jan 24 2019 - 04:37:29 EST
On Thu, 24 Jan 2019 at 10:31, Michel DÃnzer <michel@xxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
> On 2019-01-23 5:52 p.m., Ard Biesheuvel wrote:
> > On Wed, 23 Jan 2019 at 17:44, Christoph Hellwig <hch@xxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
> >> I think we just want a driver-local check for those combinations
> >> where we know this hack actually works, which really just seems
> >> to be x86-64 with PAT. Something like the patch below, but maybe with
> >> even more strong warnings to not do something like this elsewhere:
> > I agree that your patch seems like the right way to ensure that the WC
> > optimization hack is only used where we know it works.
> > But my concern is that it seems likely that non-cache coherent
> > implementations are relying on this hack as well.
> I've been trying to tell you they can't rely on that, because the amdgpu
> driver doesn't use this functionality for fundamentals such as ring
> buffers used for feeding the hardware with commands. Instead, for those
> it relies on snooped PCIe transfers being coherent with the CPU caches.
I understand it does not use this functionality for the ring. Instead,
it uses the DMA API, no?
On non-cache coherent systems, that DMA API will allocate memory and
map it uncached for the CPU so that it is coherent with the non-cache
In any case, if non-cache coherent systems are unlikely to work, and
unsupported in case they do, I am fine with disabling this
optimization unconditionally for non-X86 architectures.
> >> -#elif defined(CONFIG_X86) && !defined(CONFIG_X86_PAT)
> >> - /* Don't try to enable write-combining when it can't work, or things
> >> - * may be slow
> >> - * See https://bugs.freedesktop.org/show_bug.cgi?id=88758
> >> - */
> >> -
> >> -#ifndef CONFIG_COMPILE_TEST
> >> -#warning Please enable CONFIG_MTRR and CONFIG_X86_PAT for better performance \
> >> - thanks to write-combining
> >> -#endif
> >> -
> >> - if (bo->flags & AMDGPU_GEM_CREATE_CPU_GTT_USWC)
> >> - DRM_INFO_ONCE("Please enable CONFIG_MTRR and CONFIG_X86_PAT for "
> >> - "better performance thanks to write-combining\n");
> FWIW, please don't drop these compile and build time warnings where we
> continue to take advantage of PAT.
> Earthling Michel DÃnzer | http://www.amd.com
> Libre software enthusiast | Mesa and X developer