[RFC] SCSI target for IBM Power5 LPAR

Anton Blanchard anton at samba.org
Wed Sep 7 12:59:32 EST 2005

Hi Dave,

> This device driver provides the SCSI target side of the "virtual
> SCSI" on IBM Power5 systems.  The initiator side has been in mainline
> for a while now (drivers/scsi/ibmvscsi/ibmvscsi.c.)  Targets already
> exist for AIX and OS/400.

Good stuff. Got a couple of small suggestions.

+/* Allocate a buffer with a dma_address.  Don't use dma_alloc_coherent
+ * since that uses GFP_ATOMIC internally and we can tollerate a delay
+ */
+static void *alloc_coherent_buffer(struct server_adapter *adapter, size_t size,
+				   dma_addr_t *dma_handle)
+	void *buffer = kmalloc(size, GFP_KERNEL);
+	if (buffer) {
+		*dma_handle = dma_map_single(adapter->dev, buffer, size,
+		if (dma_mapping_error(*dma_handle)) {
+			kfree(buffer);
+			buffer = NULL;
+		}
+	}
+	return buffer;

This should be fixed in mainline, on ppc64 we no longer build the dma_*
ops on top of the pci_* ops. This means we actually look at the flags :)

+	adapter->max_sectors = MAX_SECTORS;

Does this mean we are limited to 128kB transfers? Would it be OK to
bump the default?


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