Re: [PATCH/RFC] arm64: defconfig: Enlarge CMA alignment to 2 MiB

From: Geert Uytterhoeven
Date: Mon Feb 13 2017 - 05:29:35 EST

Hi Magnus,

On Wed, Feb 1, 2017 at 2:45 PM, Magnus Damm <magnus.damm@xxxxxxxxx> wrote:
> On Sat, Jan 28, 2017 at 1:03 AM, Geert Uytterhoeven
> <geert+renesas@xxxxxxxxx> wrote:
>> Some IOMMUs (e.g. Renesas IPMMU/VMSA) support only page sizes of 4 KiB,
>> 2 MiB, and 1 GiB.
>> With the default setting of CONFIG_CMA_ALIGNMENT = 8, allocations larger
>> than 1 MiB are aligned to a 1 MiB boundary only. Hence a 2 MiB
>> allocation may not be aligned, leading to a mapping of 512 4 KiB pages.
>> Increase CONFIG_CMA_ALIGNMENT to allow mapping a 2 MiB buffer using a
>> single PTE, decreasing memory usage and TLB pressure.
>> Signed-off-by: Geert Uytterhoeven <geert+renesas@xxxxxxxxx>
>> ---
>> Is this useful?
>> Should there instead be different defaults in Kconfig, depending on
>> enabled platform support?
> I think there is a dependency on the kernel page size configuration as
> well. In case of 16 KiB or 64 KiB page size configuration other large
> page sizes may be required.

This is about IOMMU pages, not (CPU)MMU pages?

Still, there is indeed some dependency, as CONFIG_CMA_ALIGNMENT is a
shift relative to PAGE_SHIFT (i.e. CONFIG_ARM64_PAGE_SHIFT = 12 in



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