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SubjectRe: PAGE_CACHE_WC strikes again
On Tue, 31 Mar 2009 17:29:02 -0700
"Pallipadi, Venkatesh" <venkatesh.pallipadi@intel.com> wrote:

>
>
> >-----Original Message-----
> >From: Jesse Barnes [mailto:jbarnes@virtuousgeek.org]
> >Sent: Tuesday, March 31, 2009 5:15 PM
> >To: Eric Anholt
> >Cc: lkml; Pallipadi, Venkatesh
> >Subject: Re: PAGE_CACHE_WC strikes again
> >
> >On Tue, 31 Mar 2009 17:10:47 -0700
> >Eric Anholt <eric@anholt.net> wrote:
> >
> >> I just tracked down what was cutting performance 10x on one of my
> >> systems on a microbenchmark I'd just written:
> >>
> >> --- a/drivers/gpu/drm/drm_gem.c
> >> +++ b/drivers/gpu/drm/drm_gem.c
> >> @@ -540,7 +540,7 @@ int drm_gem_mmap(struct file *filp, struct
> >> vm_area_struct *vma)
> >> /* FIXME: use pgprot_writecombine when available */
> >> prot = pgprot_val(vma->vm_page_prot);
> >> #ifdef CONFIG_X86
> >> - prot |= _PAGE_CACHE_WC;
> >> + /*prot |= _PAGE_CACHE_WC;*/
> >> #endif
> >> vma->vm_page_prot = __pgprot(prot);
> >>
> >> Turns out that setting PAGE_CACHE_WC disables the WC effect of the
> >> MTRR on my non-PAT (disabled due to CPU errata) 945GM
> >system, and this
> >> workaround took GTT-mapped writes from 120MB/s to 1180MB/s.
> >
> >What the... There's a pgprot_writecombine now, but it basically does
> >the same thing. Why is WC so broken? Venki is the fix for this
> >covered in your last patchset?
> >
>
> The key point here is
>
> > setting PAGE_CACHE_WC disables the WC effect of the
> > MTRR on my non-PAT (disabled due to CPU errata)
>
> When PAT is disabled, the default setting in PAT MSR is
> 00 - WB
> 01 - WT
> 10 - UC_MINUS
> 11 - UC
>
> There is no way to set WC with PAT. By hardcoding _PAGE_CACHE_WC
> (which is 01) the driver is basically selecting write-through!
>
> And when MTRR says WC and PAT says WT, effective type is UC.
>
> Basically, no one should be hard-coding the memory type. Please use
> pgprot_writecombine() which does the right thing by using WC
> (when PAT is enabled) or UC_MINUS (when PAT is disabled).

Ah ok, that makes sense. I'm glad we have pgprot_writecombine now
(sorry Eric I should have sent that patch along with my patch
containing the vm_insert_pfn -EINVAL handling).

--
Jesse Barnes, Intel Open Source Technology Center


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