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SubjectRE: USB mass storage and ARM cache coherency
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Oliver Neukum []
> Sent: Tuesday, February 16, 2010 7:03 PM
> To: Russell King - ARM Linux
> Cc: Shilimkar, Santosh; Catalin Marinas; Pavel Machek; Greg KH; Matthew Dharm; Sergei Shtylyov; Ming
> Lei; Sebastian Siewior;; linux-kernel; linux-arm-kernel; Mankad, Maulik
> Ojas
> Subject: Re: USB mass storage and ARM cache coherency
> Am Dienstag, 16. Februar 2010 10:39:46 schrieb Russell King - ARM Linux:
> > However, because ARM CPUs can now speculatively prefetch, just leaving it
> > at that results in corruption of buffers used for DMA. So we have to
> > invalidate DMA_FROM_DEVICE and DMA_BIDIRECTIONAL buffers on unmap to
> > ensure coherency with DMA operations.
> >
> > If the CPU writes to a DMA_FROM_DEVICE buffer between map and unmap, the
> > writes can sit in the cache, and on unmap, they will be discarded.
> >
> > Cleaning the cache on unmap is not an option; that too can lead to DMA
> > buffer corruption in the DMA case.
> I am afraid for these controllers the controller driver must be responsible
> for all DMA and cache issues. Indicating the exact requirements to the
> upper layer would be a battle already lost.
> so the safe choice is not to set has_dma and the generic layer will leave
> the issue to the lower level.
This means don't use dma at all which will almost kill the performance.


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