Re: [PATCH] dma-direct: Export dma_direct_alloc() and dma_direct_free()

From: Thierry Reding
Date: Tue Feb 05 2019 - 11:21:03 EST

On Tue, Feb 05, 2019 at 05:10:36PM +0100, Christoph Hellwig wrote:
> On Tue, Feb 05, 2019 at 12:06:02PM +0100, Thierry Reding wrote:
> > From: Thierry Reding <treding@xxxxxxxxxx>
> >
> > Drivers that are built as modules may want to use these functions, so
> > make them available like the rest of the functions.
> >
> > Signed-off-by: Thierry Reding <treding@xxxxxxxxxx>
> How do they want to use these functions? The proper way is to
> call dma_alloc_coherent / dma_alloc_free and let the DMA API
> handle the rest.

This is again for the host1x driver and Tegra DRM where we had a similar
situation a little while ago where we needed to explicitly detach from a
DMA/IOMMU mapping.

I ran into a similar situation on Tegra186 (which has an ARM SMMU). The
host1x driver needs to allocate memory for a push buffer that commands
are written to. This push buffer is mapped translated through the SMMU
using direct IOMMU API usage. We use the same domain to also map command
buffers that userspace can pass in.

The problem is that if I use dma_alloc_coherent(), then the memory will
already be mapped via the SMMU at that point and then the driver, not
knowing that memory has already been mapped, will attempt to map an IOVA
which will cause an SMMU fault when the host1x tries to access the

I didn't find an equivalent to arm_iommu_detach_device() for non-ARM,
but then stumbled across this and thought it was rather convenient for
these cases. If there's a better way to deal with this situation, I'd be
happy to do so.


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