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    SubjectRe: [PATCH] I/O space write barrier

    On Mon, Sep 27, 2004 at 11:03:39AM -0700, Jesse Barnes wrote:
    > On some platforms (e.g. SGI Challenge, Origin, and Altix machines), writes to
    > I/O space aren't ordered coming from different CPUs. For the most part, this
    > isn't a problem since drivers generally spinlock around code that does writeX
    > calls, but if the last operation a driver does before it releases a lock is a
    > write and some other CPU takes the lock and immediately does a write, it's
    > possible the second CPU's write could arrive before the first's.
    > This patch adds a mmiowb() call to deal with this sort of situation, and
    > adds some documentation describing I/O ordering issues to deviceiobook.tmpl.
    > The idea is to mirror the regular, cacheable memory barrier operation, wmb.
    > Patches to use this new primitive in various drivers will come separately,
    > probably via the SCSI tree.

    Ok, here's a patch for the tg3 network driver to use mmiowb(). Tests
    over the last couple of days has shown that it solves the oopses in
    tg3_tx() that I reported and attempted to patch some time ago:

    The CPU usage of the mmiowb() approach is also significantly better
    than doing PCI reads to flush the writes (by setting the existing
    TG3_FLAG_MBOX_WRITE_REORDER flag). In an artificial CPU-constrained
    test on a ProPack kernel, the same amount of CPU work for the REORDER
    solution pushes 85.1 MB/s over 2 NICs compared to 146.5 MB/s for the
    mmiowb() solution.

    --- linux.orig/drivers/net/tg3.c 2004-09-22 17:20:45.%N +1000
    +++ linux/drivers/net/tg3.c 2004-09-29 19:45:16.%N +1000
    @@ -44,6 +44,19 @@
    #include <asm/pbm.h>

    +#ifndef mmiowb
    + * mmiowb() is a memory-mapped I/O write boundary, useful for
    + * preserving send ring update ordering between multiple CPUs
    + * Define it if it doesn't exist.
    + */
    +#ifdef CONFIG_IA64_SGI_SN2
    +#define mmiowb() sn_mmiob()
    +#define mmiowb()
    #if defined(CONFIG_VLAN_8021Q) || defined(CONFIG_VLAN_8021Q_MODULE)
    #define TG3_VLAN_TAG_USED 1
    @@ -2725,6 +2738,7 @@ next_pkt_nopost:
    + mmiowb();

    return received;
    @@ -3172,6 +3186,7 @@ static int tg3_start_xmit(struct sk_buff

    + mmiowb();
    spin_unlock_irqrestore(&tp->tx_lock, flags);

    dev->trans_start = jiffies;

    Greg Banks, R&D Software Engineer, SGI Australian Software Group.
    I don't speak for SGI.
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