[PATCH] ppc32/64: Map prefetchable PCI without guarded bit

Benjamin Herrenschmidt benh at kernel.crashing.org
Sat Mar 26 09:23:40 EST 2005

On Thu, 2005-03-24 at 08:54 -0800, Jesse Barnes wrote:
> On Wednesday, March 23, 2005 10:24 pm, Benjamin Herrenschmidt wrote:
> > While experimenting with framebuffer access performances, we noticed a
> > very significant improvement in write access to it when not setting
> > the "guarded" bit on the MMU mappings. This bit basically says that
> > reads and writes won't have side effects (it allows speculation). It
> > appears that it also disables write combining.
> Doesn't pgprot_writecombine imply non-guarded, so can't you use it instead?  
> Either way, you'll probably want to fix fbmem.c as well and turn off 

I'm not sure we implement pgprot_writecombine. But anyway, that wouldn't
help as X uses /dev/mem which doesn't use that, and sysfs new mmap
interface doesn't have anything for setting writecombine.

The interface I propose could be made generic, that is the whole point.
It's basically a mean for the arch to say "heh, somebody wants to map
this bit of physical address space, what pgprot should I use" :) The
decision of wether to do uncacheable or writecombine, all the
page_in_ram() trickery in /dev/mem or fbmem can be moved to arch
specific routines and cleanup the generic stuff.

> Maybe it's time for a more generic call to support this stuff, both for 
> in-kernel mappings and ones that we export to userspace.

Yah, in-kernel mappings aren't covered yet, as my interface supposes a
"struct file" but then, I don't use the struct file argument in my ppc
implementation (I exposed it for the sake of archs that may want it). We
could just define that in-kernel mappings can call this with NULL for
struct file.


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