[PATCH 21/21]: powerpc/cell spidernet DMA coalescing
arnd at arndb.de
Wed Oct 11 19:25:09 EST 2006
On Wednesday 11 October 2006 03:46, Geoff Levand wrote:
> > The others look good, but this one complicates the code and doesn't have any benefit. 20
> > for 21 isn't bad.
> Is the motivation for this change to improve performance by reducing the overhead
> of the mapping calls? If so, there may be some benefit for some systems. Could
> you please elaborate?
From what I understand, this patch drastically reduces the number of
I/O PTEs that are needed in the iommu. With the current static IOMMU
mapping, it should only make a difference during initialization, but
any platform that uses a dynamic mapping of iommu entries will benefit
a lot from it, because:
- the card can do better prefetching of consecutive memory
- there are more I/O ptes available for other drivers.
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