Re: [RFC] [PATCH 0/3] ioat: DMA engine support

From: Alan Cox
Date: Wed Nov 23 2005 - 18:32:55 EST

On Mer, 2005-11-23 at 23:30 +0100, Andi Kleen wrote:
> Another proposal was swiotlb.

I was hoping Intel might have rediscovered the IOMMU by then and be back
on feature parity with the VAX 11/750
> But it's not clear it's a good idea: a lot of these applications prefer to
> have the target in cache. And IOAT will force it out of cache.

This is true for some cases but not all for iotlb

CPU generated data going out that won't be rewritten immediately should
be a cheap path not needing the cache. Incoming data would invalidate
the cache anyway if it arrives by DMA so the ioat would move it
asynchronously of the CPU without cache harm

Might also be interesting to use one half of a hypedthread CPU as a
copier using the streaming instructions, might be better than turning it
off to improve performance ?


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