Re: PowerPC PCI DMA issues (prefetch/coherency?)

From: Arnd Bergmann
Date: Tue Jun 16 2009 - 14:02:59 EST

On Tuesday 16 June 2009, Scott Wood wrote:
> > If the
> > device is the only one, you can also use dma_alloc_noncoherent() and
> > flush explicitly with dma_cache_sync().
> I don't see how that would help -- aren't those also controlled by

Ah, yes you are right. PowerPC implements dma_alloc_noncoherent as
dma_alloc_coherent, so dma_cache_sync() is actually a NOP (or should be).

Actually there seems to be a bug in here: Since dma_alloc_noncoherent
gives you a coherent mapping (or NULL) on noncoherent machines,
dma_cache_sync() is redundant and should not actually flush the
cache, or we should change dma_alloc_noncoherent to do a simple
alloc_pages on CONFIG_NON_COHERENT_CACHE and leave dma_cache_sync()
as it is.

Arnd <><
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