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SubjectRe: libata/sata_nv latency on NVIDIA CK804 [was Re: AMD64 X2 lost ticks on PM timer]
On Mer, 2006-03-15 at 23:00 +0100, Ingo Molnar wrote:
> so my guess would be that this device doesnt do MMIO, and the PIO inb()
> causes some bad BIOS-based SMM handler/emulator to trigger, which takes
> 16.6 msecs. If indeed the device is not in MMIO mode, is there a way to
> force it into MMIO mode, to test this theory?

There is a much more reliable way to check this. Use the profiling
registers to check the instruction issue count before/after the I/O and
you'll know if its something like SMM or just a bus stall.

I can believe the bus stall because some devices will queue a large FIFO
of data for the disk and the status read may require flushing it all

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