[PATCH v8 RFC 1/3] sparc: Break up monolithic iommu table/lock into finer graularity pools and lock

Sowmini Varadhan sowmini.varadhan at oracle.com
Wed Apr 1 02:25:11 AEDT 2015

On (03/31/15 15:15), David Laight wrote:
> I've wondered whether the iommu setup for ethernet receive (in particular)
> could be made much more efficient if there were a function that
> would unmap one buffer and map a second buffer?
> My thought is that iommu pte entry used by the old buffer could just
> be modified to reference the new one.
> In effect each ring entry would end up using a fixed iommu pte.

There are a number of interesting things to investigate in
this space, and the above is just one of them, ways to avoid
the overhead of a full-blown map/unmap on each call. See 

But the scope of this patchset is actually very rigidly defined:
to refactor the iommu pool/arena allocator into a common library,
and avoid code duplication (today even the single sparc arch
duplicates it for sun4[u,v] and ldc, and that's not even counting
the duplication across other archs/pci-drivers).

Investigating ways to provide a generalized infra that can
avoid a dma map/unmp for every packet would be a good follow-on.

> The other question is how much data can be copied in 26us ?
> On iommu systems 'copybreak' limits on receive and transmit
> may need to be quite high.

where does the "26us" number come from? I may be missing that context?


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