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SubjectRe: [PATCH 06/11] persistent_ram: Make it possible to use memory outside of bootmem
On Wed, Jun 06, 2012 at 02:10:34PM -0700, Colin Cross wrote:
> On Fri, May 11, 2012 at 5:17 PM, Anton Vorontsov
> <anton.vorontsov@linaro.org> wrote:
> > This includes devices' memory (e.g. framebuffers or memory mapped
> > EEPROMs on a local bus), as well as the normal RAM that we don't use
> > for the main memory.
> >
> > For the normal (but unused) ram we could use kmaps, but this assumes
> > highmem support, so we don't bother and just use the memory via
> > ioremap.
> >
> > As a side effect, the following hack is possible: when used together
> > with pstore_ram (new ramoops) module, we can limit the normal RAM region
> > with mem= and then point ramoops to use the rest of the memory, e.g.
> >
> >        mem=128M ramoops.mem_address=0x8000000
> >
> > Sure, we could just reserve the region with memblock_reserve() early in
> > the arch/ code, and then register a pstore_ram platform device pointing
> > to the reserved region. It's still a viable option if platform wants
> > to do so.
> >
> > Also, we might want to use IO accessors in case of a real device,
> > but for now we don't bother (the old ramoops wasn't using it either, so
> > at least we don't make things worse).
>
> This is long merged, but I remembered why I moved away from using
> ioremap. The current code uses atomics to track the ringbuffer
> positions, which results in ldrex and strex instructions on ARM.
> ldrex and strex on memory that is mapped as Device memory (which is
> what ioremap maps as) is implementation defined, and is unpredictable
> at the architecture level.

Makes sense, thanks for sharing! Fortunately, we still map things
w/ vmap if pfn appears to be valid. :-)

Thanks,

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Anton Vorontsov
Email: cbouatmailru@gmail.com
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