Acceleration for map_copy_from on powerpc 512x
matteo.fortini at mta.it
Mon Oct 19 18:52:13 EST 2009
I'm working on a powerpc (PPC512x) embedded Linux product, and while I
was trying to improve boot time, I found I could exploit the hw in order
to speed up reading from NOR flashes.
The Linux/mtd version we're using is 184.108.40.206+Freescale patches.
Basically, I needed to hack the map_copy_from, which for my arch and
uncached areas translates to a memcpy, in order to use the SCLPC FIFO,
with a performance benefit of >2x on aligned multiple of 32Bytes transfers.
I didn't find a cleaner way than just #ifdef'ing the map_copy_from call
and substitute with my call on relevant cases. I wonder if there is a
And yes, as soon as I've cleaned up the code a little bit, I will
definitely post a patch about it.
Moreover: a huge benefit would come from exploiting DMA on these
transfers, but I found I'm in_atomic while doing map_copy_from... is
there an alternative way of locking than just disabling preemption?
I know maybe a newer kernel has already fixed it, but we're kind of
stuck with the old one since we don't have time to port all of our
device drivers to 2.6.3x
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