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SubjectRe: PCI DMA to small buffers on cache-incoherent arch
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>Remember please that specifically the DMA mapping APIs encourage use
>of consistent memory for small data objects. It is specifically
>because non-consistent DMA accesses to small bits are going to be very
>slow (ie. the PCI controller is going to prefetch further cache lines
>for no reason, for example). The non-consistent end of the APIs is
>meant for long contiguous buffers, not small chunks.
>
>This is one of the reasons I want to fix this by making people use
>either consistent memory or PCI pools (which is consistent memory
>too).

Please don't limit the API design to PCI ;)

There are more and more embedded CPUs out there with their own
bunch of on-chip devices that are neither consistent nor PCI based,
their drivers will have the exact same problem to deal with though.

Ben.

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