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SubjectRe: [PATCH v2 1/2] drivers: dma-coherent: Fix dev->cma_area vs dev->dma_mem breakage
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On 07/07/17 17:44, Vladimir Murzin wrote:
> On 07/07/17 17:06, Robin Murphy wrote:
>> On 07/07/17 16:40, Vladimir Murzin wrote:
>>> Christoph,
>>>
>>> On 07/07/17 15:27, Christoph Hellwig wrote:
>>>> Vladimir,
>>>>
>>>> this is why I really didn't like overloading the current
>>>> dma coherent infrastructure with the global pool.
>>>>
>>>> And this new patch seems like piling hacks over hacks. I think we
>>>> should go back and make sure allocations from the global coherent
>>>> pool are done by the dma ops implementation, and not before calling
>>>> into them - preferably still reusing the common code for it.
>>>>
>>>> Vladimir or Vitaly - can you look into that?
>>>>
>>>
>>> It is really sad that Vitaly and George did not join to discussions earlier,
>>> so we could avoid being in situation like this.
>>>
>>> Likely I'm missing something, but what should happen if device relies on
>>> dma_contiguous_default_area?
>>>
>>> Originally, intention behind dma-default was to simplify things, so instead of
>>>
>>> reserved-memory {
>>> #address-cells = <1>;
>>> #size-cells = <1>;
>>> ranges;
>>>
>>> coherent_dma: linux,dma {
>>> compatible = "shared-dma-pool";
>>> no-map;
>>> reg = <0x78000000 0x800000>;
>>> };
>>> };
>>>
>>>
>>> dev0: dev@12300000 {
>>> memory-region = <&coherent_dma>;
>>> /* ... */
>>> };
>>>
>>> dev1: dev@12500000 {
>>> memory-region = <&coherent_dma>;
>>> /* ... */
>>> };
>>>
>>> dev2: dev@12600000 {
>>> memory-region = <&coherent_dma>;
>>> /* ... */
>>> };
>>>
>>> in device tree we could simply have
>>>
>>> reserved-memory {
>>> #address-cells = <1>;
>>> #size-cells = <1>;
>>> ranges;
>>>
>>> coherent_dma: linux,dma {
>>> compatible = "shared-dma-pool";
>>> no-map;
>>> reg = <0x78000000 0x800000>;
>>> linux,dma-default;
>>> };
>>> };
>>>
>>> and that just work in my (NOMMU) case because there is no CMA there...
>>>
>>> However, given that dma-default is being overloaded and there are no device
>>> tree users merged yet, I would not object stepping back, reverting "drivers:
>>> dma-coherent: Introduce default DMA pool" and cooperatively rethinking
>>> design/implementation, so every party gets happy.
>>
>> I don't think we need to go that far, I reckon it would be clear enough
>> to just split the per-device vs. global pool interfaces, something like
>> I've sketched out below (such that the ops->alloc implementation calls
>> dma_alloc_from_global_coherent() if dma_alloc_from_contiguous() fails).
>
> Would not we need also release and mmap variants?

Sure, that was just bashed out in 2 minutes and diffed into an email on
the assumption that code would help illustrate the general idea I had in
mind more clearly than prose alone. I'm certain it won't even compile
as-is ;)

Robin.

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