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SubjectRe: [PATCH 2.6.13-rc1 03/10] IOCHK interface for I/O error handling/detecting
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> Are you assuming that a device driver will use an iochk_read() for
> every DMA operation? for every MMIO to the card?
>
> For high performance devices, it seems to me that this will cause
> a rather large performance burden, especially if its envisioned that
> all architectures will do something similar.
>
> My concern is that (at least on ppc64) the call pci_read_config_word()
> requires a call into "firmware" aka "BIOS", which takes thousands upon
> thousands of cpu cycles. There are hundreds of cycles of gratuitous
> crud just to get into the firmware, and then lord-knows-what the
> firmware does while its in there; probably doing all sorts of crazy
> math to compute bus addresses and other arcane things. I would imagine
> that most architectures, includig ia64, are similar.
>
> Thus, one wouldn't want to perform an iochk_read() in this way unless
> one was already pretty sure that an error had already occured ...
>
> Am I misunderstanding something?

I would expect pSeries not to use the "default" error checking (that
tests the status register) but rather use EEH.

Ben.


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