RFC on writel and writel_relaxed

Will Deacon will.deacon at arm.com
Tue Mar 27 22:24:57 AEDT 2018

On Tue, Mar 27, 2018 at 10:20:02PM +1100, Benjamin Herrenschmidt wrote:
> On Tue, 2018-03-27 at 10:42 +0100, Will Deacon wrote:
> > > 
> > > This example adds a wmb() between two writes to a coherent DMA
> > > area, it is definitely required there. I'm pretty sure I've never seen
> > > any bug reports pointing to a missing wmb() between memory
> > > and MMIO write accesses, but if you remember seeing them in the
> > > list, maybe you can look again for some evidence of something going
> > > wrong on x86 without it?
> > 
> > If this is just about ordering accesses to coherent DMA, then using
> > dma_wmb() instead will be much better performance on arm/arm64.
> Ah, something we should look into for powerpc as well, as we could use
> an lwsync for that which is also cheaper than a full sync wmb does.
> dma_wmb() is basically the same as smp_wmb() without the CONFIG_SMP
> conditional right ?

Almost -- the slight change we have on arm64 is to say that it's
"outer-shareable", which means it also orders non-cacheable accesses
in the case that dma_alloc_coherent is used to allocate a consistent
buffer for a non-coherent device.


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