RFC on writel and writel_relaxed
jgg at ziepe.ca
Wed Mar 28 01:24:01 AEDT 2018
On Tue, Mar 27, 2018 at 10:42:00AM +0100, Will Deacon wrote:
> On Tue, Mar 27, 2018 at 09:56:47AM +0200, Arnd Bergmann wrote:
> > On Tue, Mar 27, 2018 at 12:27 AM, Jason Gunthorpe <jgg at ziepe.ca> wrote:
> > > On Tue, Mar 27, 2018 at 09:01:57AM +1100, Benjamin Herrenschmidt wrote:
> > >> On Mon, 2018-03-26 at 17:46 -0400, Sinan Kaya wrote:
> > >
> > > I even see patches adding wmb() based on actual observed memory
> > > corruption during testing on Intel:
> > >
> > > https://patchwork.kernel.org/patch/10177207/
> > >
> > > So you think all of this is unnecessary and writel is totally strongly
> > > ordered, even on multi-socket Intel?
> > 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.
dma_wmb() is a NOP on x86, it was tested anyhow and didn't help
this case.. Confusing, but probably not relevant to this discussion.
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