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SubjectRe: pci_alloc_consistent from interrupt == BAD


On Fri, 18 Jan 2002, David S. Miller wrote:

> From: Gérard Roudier <groudier@free.fr>
> Date: Fri, 18 Jan 2002 21:21:35 +0100 (CET)
>
> I have noted that some ports may [ever] require pci_alloc_consistent not
> to be called from interrupt context. Just I will look into this when time
> will allow.
>
> Do not bother Gerard, these ports really are broken and
> pci_alloc_consistent must work from interrupts.
>
> I am not going to ever use not cache coherent hardware, even if I am ready
> to make the sym driver work reliably on such brain-dead things. Just it is
> not high priority stuff for now.
>
> Perhaps you misunderstand, it is not "lack of cache coherency" it is
> "cache needs flushing around DMA transfers" and this is handled
> perfectly by PCI DMA interfaces. It is nothing you should be
> concerned about.

Depends on the OS.

Under Linux, PCI consistent allocation support is a requirement. Let me
cross fingers for this to stay as it is. :)

Under some other (NetBSD, for example, just not to name it :)), such
feature is just a hint and as a result drivers are theorically also
required to care about cache flushing for DMAs that involve driver
internal data structures if full portability is in concern. Btw, I donnot
really use NetBSD O/S but just ported sym-2 to it (NetBSD-1.5 with
coherency being a requirement for driver data structure allocations) as an
exercise.

Gérard.

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