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Subjecthow is processor cache coherency maintained for device drivers

I'm trying to help track down some infrequent and difficult to reproduce pci bus
parity errors that we're seeing on a cPCI card, and one of the things that has
been suggested is that it may have something to do with DMA coherency between
devices and the processor.

Can someone point me to the proper code/information that deals with how the
processor knows that the memory corresponding to the ethernet device is no
longer up-to-date? Is it somehow marked as non-cacheable, or is it snooped,
explicitly flushed, or what?

The platform in question is a Motorola MCPN765 card, with a PPC7400 processor,
running a modified 2.2.17 kernel.



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