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SubjectRe: is pci_alloc_consistent() really consistent on a pentium?
   From: William Chow <>
Date: Thu, 30 May 2002 13:44:06 -0700 (PDT)

If IA32 builds use the i386 version of
pci_alloc_consistent(), how is the memory provided by
this function really write-thru (on a pentium) since
it appears to only set up the default mapping
(PCD/PWT==0)? In contrast, pgprot_noncached() and
pci_mmap_page_range() explicitly set these bits on a
pentium (i.e. when boot_cpu_data.x86 > 3). Or am I
missing something?

pci_mmap_page_range maps I/O memory, like frame buffers and
device registers.

pci_alloc_consistent promises only that CPU writes will be coherent
with PCI device DMA activity. For Pentium this holds true with all
normal ram, because once the cpu does the store coherent transactions
on the system bus (from, for example, the PCI device) will take a hit
on the L2 cache line of the cpu and thus the cpu will provide the most
up to date copy of the data.
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