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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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