Re: [PATCH V2 1/3] scsi: mptxsas: try 64 bit DMA when 32 bit DMA fails

From: James Bottomley
Date: Tue Nov 10 2015 - 15:05:28 EST

On Tue, 2015-11-10 at 14:56 -0500, Sinan Kaya wrote:
> On 11/10/2015 2:43 PM, James Bottomley wrote:
> > The Issue, as stated by LSI is
> >
> > Initially set the consistent DMA mask to 32 bit and then change
> > it
> > to 64 bit mask after allocating RDPQ pools by calling the
> > function
> > _base_change_consistent_dma_mask. This is to ensure that all the
> > upper 32 bits of RDPQ entries's base address to be same.
> >
> Need somebody from mpt to confirm that this behavior is still valid for
> the recent cards besides altix.

OK, you don't seem to be understanding the problem: the Altix isn't a
LSI card, it was a SGI platform. It was the platform where we first
discovered the issue that a lot of storage cards didn't work because it
by default had no memory below 4GB. The reason coherent masks were
introduced was initially so the Altix could manufacture and manage a
region of memory in the lower 4GB region and we would guarantee to make
allocations from it so the storage cards would then work on that

I thought the Altix was a historical relic because after they
disappeared, there was no other platform with this issue ... until you
came along.


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