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    SubjectDMA mapping on SCSI device?
    We've got a bit of a problem with the sata_nv driver that I'm trying to 
    figure out a decent solution to (hence all the lists CCed). This is the

    The nForce4 ADMA hardware has 2 modes: legacy mode, where it acts like a
    normal ATA controller with 32-bit DMA limits, and ADMA mode where it can
    access all of 64-bit memory. Each PCI device has 2 SATA ports, and the
    legacy/ADMA mode can be controlled independently on both of them.

    The trick is that if an ATAPI device is connected, we (as far as I'm
    aware) can't use ADMA mode, so we have to switch that port into legacy
    mode. This means it's only capable of 32-bit DMA. However the other port
    on the controller may be connected to a hard drive and therefore still
    capable of 64-bit DMA. (To make things more complicated, devices can be
    hotplugged and so this can change dynamically.) Since the device that
    libata is doing DMA mapping against is attached to the PCI device and
    not the port, it creates a problem here. If we change the mask on one it
    affects the other one as well.

    The original solution used by the driver was to leave the DMA mask at
    64-bit and use blk_queue_bounce_limit to try to force the block layer
    not to send any requests with DMA addresses over 4GB into the driver.
    However it seems on x86_64 this doesn't work, since it pushes high
    addresses through anyway and expects the IOMMU to take care of it (which
    it doesn't because of the 64-bit mask).

    The last solution I tried was to set the DMA mask on both ports to
    32-bit on slave_configure when an ATAPI device is connected. However,
    this runs into complications as well. This is run on initialization and
    when trying to set the other port into 32-bit DMA, it may not be
    initialized yet. Plus, it forces the port with a hard drive on it into
    32-bit DMA needlessly.

    The ideal solution would be to do mapping against a different struct
    device for each port, so that we could maintain the proper DMA mask for
    each of them at all times. However I'm not sure if that's possible. The
    thought of using the SCSI struct device for DMA mapping was brought up
    at one point.. any thoughts on that?

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