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SubjectRe: [PATCH v3 0/7] Allow setting caching mode in arch_add_memory() for P2PDMA
On Fri, Feb 21, 2020 at 11:24:56AM -0700, Logan Gunthorpe wrote:
> Hi,
>
> This is v3 of the patchset which cleans up a number of minor issues
> from the feedback of v2 and rebases onto v5.6-rc2. Additional feedback
> is welcome.
>
> Thanks,
>
> Logan
>
> --
>
> Changes in v3:
> * Rebased onto v5.6-rc2
> * Rename mhp_modifiers to mhp_params per David with an updated kernel
> doc per Dan
> * Drop support for s390 per David seeing it does not support
> ZONE_DEVICE yet and there was a potential problem with huge pages.
> * Added WARN_ON_ONCE in cases where arches recieve non PAGE_KERNEL
> parameters
> * Collected David and Micheal's Reviewed-By and Acked-by Tags
>
> Changes in v2:
> * Rebased onto v5.5-rc5
> * Renamed mhp_restrictions to mhp_modifiers and added the pgprot field
> to that structure instead of using an argument for
> arch_add_memory().
> * Add patch to drop the unused flags field in mhp_restrictions
>
> A git branch is available here:
>
> https://github.com/sbates130272/linux-p2pmem remap_pages_cache_v3
>
> --
>
> Currently, the page tables created using memremap_pages() are always
> created with the PAGE_KERNEL cacheing mode. However, the P2PDMA code
> is creating pages for PCI BAR memory which should never be accessed
> through the cache and instead use either WC or UC. This still works in
> most cases, on x86, because the MTRR registers typically override the
> caching settings in the page tables for all of the IO memory to be
> UC-. However, this tends not to work so well on other arches or
> some rare x86 machines that have firmware which does not setup the
> MTRR registers in this way.
>
> Instead of this, this series proposes a change to arch_add_memory()
> to take the pgprot required by the mapping which allows us to
> explicitly set pagetable entries for P2PDMA memory to WC.

Is there a particular reason why WC was selected here? I thought for
the p2pdma cases there was no kernel user that touched the memory?

I definitely forsee devices where we want UC instead.

Even so, the whole idea looks like the right direction to me.

Jason

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