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SubjectRe: use generic DMA mapping code in powerpc V4
On Sat, 8 Dec 2018 at 17:17, Christoph Hellwig <> wrote:
> On Sun, Dec 02, 2018 at 05:11:02PM +1100, Benjamin Herrenschmidt wrote:
> > Talking of which ... Christoph, not sure if we can do something about
> > this at the DMA API level or keep hacks but some adapters such as the
> > nVidia GPUs have a HW hack we can use to work around their limitations
> > in that case.
> >
> > They have a register that can program a fixed value for the top bits
> > that they don't support.
> >
> > This works fine for any linear mapping with an offset, provided they
> > can program the offset in that register and they have enough DMA range
> > to cover all memory from that offset.
> >
> > I can probably get the info about this from them so we can exploit it
> > in nouveau.
> I think we can expose the direct mapping offset if people care enough,
> we just have to be very careful designing the API. I'll happily leave
> that to those that actually want to use it, but I'll gladly help
> reviewing it.

Hi, Christoph and Ben,

It just came to my mind (and this is most likely a stupid question,
but still)… Is there any possibility of these changes having an
(positive) effect on the long-standing problem of Power Mac machines
with AGP graphics cards (which have to be limited to PCI transfers,
otherwise they'll hang, due to coherence issues)? If so, I have a G4
machine where I'd gladly test them.



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