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SubjectRe: [PATCH] Re: data corruption with nvidia chipsets and IDE/SATA drives // memory hole mapping related bug?!
On Thu, Dec 14, 2006 at 12:38:08PM +0100, Karsten Weiss wrote:
> On Thu, 14 Dec 2006, Muli Ben-Yehuda wrote:
>
> > On Wed, Dec 13, 2006 at 09:34:16PM +0100, Karsten Weiss wrote:
> >
> > > BTW: It would be really great if this area of the kernel would get some
> > > more and better documentation. The information at
> > > linux-2.6/Documentation/x86_64/boot_options.txt is very terse. I had to
> > > read the code to get a *rough* idea what all the "iommu=" options
> > > actually do and how they interact.
> >
> > Patches happily accepted :-)
>
> Well, you asked for it. :-) So here's my little contribution. Please
> *double* *check*!

Looks good, some nits below.

> (BTW: I would like to know what "DAC" and "SAC" means in this
> context)

Single / Double Address Cycle. DAC is used with 32-bit PCI to push a
64-bit address in two cycles.

> @@ -458,6 +458,11 @@
> # need this always selected by IOMMU for the VIA workaround
> config SWIOTLB
> bool
> + help
> + Support for a software bounce buffer based IOMMU used on Intel
> + systems which don't have a hardware IOMMU. Using this code
> + PCI devices with 32bit memory access only are able to be
> + used on systems with more than 3 GB.

I would rephrase as follows: "Support for software bounce buffers used
on x86-64 systems which don't have a hardware IOMMU. Using this PCI
devices which can only access 32-bits of memory can be used on systems
with more than 3 GB of memory".

> + size set size of IOMMU (in bytes)

Due to historical precedence, some of these options are only valid for
GART. Perhaps mention for each option which IOMMUs it is valid for or
split them on a per IOMMU basis?

This one (size) is gart only.

> + noagp don't initialize the AGP driver and use full
> aperture.

gart only.

> + off don't initialize and use any kind of IOMMU.

all.

> + leak turn on simple iommu leak tracing (only when
> + CONFIG_IOMMU_LEAK is on)

gart only.

> + memaper[=order] allocate an own aperture over RAM with size 32MB<<order.
> + (default: order=1, i.e. 64MB)

gart only.

> + noforce don't force hardware IOMMU usage when it is not needed.
> + (default).

all.

> + force Force the use of the hardware IOMMU even when it is
> + not actually needed (e.g. because < 3 GB
> memory).

all.

> + merge Do scather-gather (SG) merging. Implies force
> (experimental)

gart only.

> + nomerge Don't do scather-gather (SG) merging.

gart only.

> + forcesac For SAC mode for masks <40bits (experimental)

gart only.

> + fullflush Flush AMD GART based hardware IOMMU on each allocation
> + (default)

gart only.

> + nofullflush Don't use IOMMU fullflush

gart only.

> + allowed overwrite iommu off workarounds for specific
> chipsets.

gart only.

> + soft Use software bounce buffering (SWIOTLB) (default for Intel
> + machines). This can be used to prevent the usage
> + of a available hardware IOMMU.

all.

> + noaperture Ask the AMD GART based hardware IOMMU driver not to
> + touch the aperture for AGP.

gart only.

> + allowdac Allow DMA >4GB
> + When off all DMA over >4GB is forced through an IOMMU or
> + bounce buffering.

gart only.

> + nodac Forbid DMA >4GB

gart only.

> + panic Always panic when IOMMU overflows

gart and Calgary.

The rest looks good. Please resend and I'll add my Acked-by.

Cheers,
Muli
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