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From: Jesse Barnes <jbarnes@virtuousgeek.org>
To: benh@kernel.crashing.org
Cc: James Bottomley <James.Bottomley@hansenpartnership.com>,
	Grant Grundler <grundler@parisc-linux.org>,
	Michael Ellerman <michael@ellerman.id.au>,
	akepner@sgi.com, Tony Luck <tony.luck@intel.com>,
	Jes Sorensen <jes@sgi.com>,
	Randy Dunlap <randy.dunlap@oracle.com>,
	Roland Dreier <rdreier@cisco.com>,
	David Miller <davem@davemloft.net>,
	linux-kernel@vger.kernel.org
Subject: Re: [PATCH 1/3 v3] dma: document dma_{un}map_{single|sg}_attrs() interface
Date: Fri, 29 Feb 2008 19:11:32 -0800	[thread overview]
Message-ID: <200802291911.33646.jbarnes@virtuousgeek.org> (raw)
In-Reply-To: <1204340204.15052.452.camel@pasglop>

On Friday, February 29, 2008 6:56 pm Benjamin Herrenschmidt wrote:
> On Fri, 2008-02-29 at 12:37 -0600, James Bottomley wrote:
> > To be honest, I still don't like the name.  SYNC_ON_WRITE is the SN2
> > implementation.  What it's actually doing is implementing strict
> > ordering semantics.  I think it should really be
> > DMA_ATTR_STRICT_ORDERING (with a corresponding
> > DMA_ATTR_RELAXED_ORDERING).
> >
> > This means that if ever anyone sets a PCIe bridge to relaxed ordering
> > by
> > default, this attribute will also work for them.
>
> But that would be asking for trouble no ? I would expect pretty much
> everything to break appart with relaxed by default no ? Or I don't fully
> understand what your arch calls "relaxed"...

Depends on how the device completes commands and what the driver does to check 
for completion.  It would probably work fine in many cases.

> I do agree that we should aim for simple semantics, they should cover
> 99% of the needs, and leave some bit space or attribute space for archs
> to define private ones when really needed.
>
> In our case, I suspect that the two main thing we could define here for
> DMA that would be useful generally would be relaxed ordering (strict
> being the default) and maybe read prefetching (though that would be the
> default, maybe no prefetch). We -might- have use of separating relaxed
> ordering for read vs. writes, but that's pretty much it.

Sounds about right.  I've got to poke the PCIe 3.0 folks again about some of 
the potential ordering changes there; hopefully we can cover that stuff too 
with Arthur's approach.

Jesse

  reply	other threads:[~2008-03-01  3:12 UTC|newest]

Thread overview: 18+ messages / expand[flat|nested]  mbox.gz  Atom feed  top
2008-02-28  3:24 akepner
2008-02-29  2:45 ` Michael Ellerman
2008-02-29 18:25   ` Grant Grundler
2008-02-29 18:37     ` James Bottomley
2008-03-01  2:56       ` Benjamin Herrenschmidt
2008-03-01  3:11         ` Jesse Barnes [this message]
2008-03-01  7:18         ` Grant Grundler
2008-03-05 18:13       ` akepner
2008-03-05 19:02         ` Jesse Barnes
2008-03-06  6:01         ` Michael Ellerman
2008-03-12  1:19           ` akepner
2008-03-14  4:13             ` Grant Grundler
2008-03-14  4:30             ` Michael Ellerman
2008-03-14  5:21               ` Grant Grundler
2008-03-14 16:40                 ` Jesse Barnes
2008-03-18  1:08                 ` Michael Ellerman
2008-03-20  0:32               ` akepner
2008-02-29 21:23   ` akepner

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