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SubjectRe: [PATCH 3/6] pci: add PCI quirk cmdmem fixup for Intel DSA device
On Wed, Apr 1, 2020 at 12:19 AM Christoph Hellwig <hch@infradead.org> wrote:
>
> On Mon, Mar 30, 2020 at 02:27:06PM -0700, Dave Jiang wrote:
> > Since there is no standard way that defines a PCI device that receives
> > descriptors or commands with synchronous write operations, add quirk to set
> > cmdmem for the Intel accelerator device that supports it.
>
> Why do we need a quirk for this? Even assuming a flag is needed in
> struct pci_dev (and I don't really understand why that is needed to
> start with), it could be set in ->probe.

The consideration in my mind is whether this new memory type and
instruction combination warrants a new __attribute__((noderef,
address_space(X))) separate from __iomem. If it stays a single device
concept layered on __iomem then yes, I agree it can all live locally
in the driver. However, when / if this facility becomes wider spread,
as the PCI ECR in question is trending, it might warrant general
annotation.

The enqcmds instruction does not operate on typical x86 mmio
addresses, only these special device portals offer the ability to have
non-posted writes with immediate results in the cpu condition code
flags.

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