[PATCH] Call flush_dcache_page around PIO data transfers inlibata-aff.c

From: Catalin Marinas
Date: Fri Jan 29 2010 - 11:13:43 EST

Depending on the direction of the transfer, flush_dcache_page() must be
called either before (ATA_TFLAG_WRITE) or after (!ATA_TFLAG_WRITE) the
data copying to avoid D-cache aliasing with user space or I-D cache
coherency issues (when reading data from an ATA device using PIO, the
kernel dirties the D-cache but there is no flush_dcache_page() required
on Harvard architectures).

Signed-off-by: Catalin Marinas <catalin.marinas@xxxxxxx>
Cc: Andrew Morton <akpm@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Cc: Jeff Garzik <jgarzik@xxxxxxxxx>

This patch allows the ARM boards to use a rootfs on CompactFlash with
the PATA platform driver.

As Anfei Zhou mentioned in a recent patch ("flush dcache before writing
into page to avoid alias"), on some architectures there may be a
performance benefit in differentiating the flush_dcache_page() calls
based on whether the kernel or the user page needs flushing.

IMHO, we should differentiate based on the direction (kernel reading
or writing from/to such page). In the ARM case with PIPT Harvard caches
(newer processors), the kernel reading from a page that may be mapped in
user space shouldn't need cache flushing. The kernel writing to such
page would require D-cache flushing because of coherency with the
I-cache. Currently on ARM, the latter happens in both cases.


drivers/ata/libata-sff.c | 6 ++++++
1 files changed, 6 insertions(+), 0 deletions(-)

diff --git a/drivers/ata/libata-sff.c b/drivers/ata/libata-sff.c
index 741065c..3d3c854 100644
--- a/drivers/ata/libata-sff.c
+++ b/drivers/ata/libata-sff.c
@@ -874,6 +874,9 @@ static void ata_pio_sector(struct ata_queued_cmd *qc)

DPRINTK("data %s\n", qc->tf.flags & ATA_TFLAG_WRITE ? "write" : "read");

+ if (do_write)
+ flush_dcache_page(page);
if (PageHighMem(page)) {
unsigned long flags;

@@ -893,6 +896,9 @@ static void ata_pio_sector(struct ata_queued_cmd *qc)

+ if (!do_write)
+ flush_dcache_page(page);
qc->curbytes += qc->sect_size;
qc->cursg_ofs += qc->sect_size;

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