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SubjectRe: [Intel IOMMU 06/10] Avoid memory allocation failures in dma map api calls
On Wed, Jun 20, 2007 at 11:11:05PM -0700, Arjan van de Ven wrote:
> Peter Zijlstra wrote:
> >What I'm saying is that if you do use the reserves, you should ensure
> >the use is bounded. I'm not seeing anything like that.
>
> each mapping takes at most 3 pages
With 3 pages(3 level page table), IOMMU can map at
most 2MB and each additional last level page helps
map another 2MB. Again, the IOMMU driver re-uses the
virtual address instead of giving contiguous virtual address
which helps to keep the page table growth and helps
reuse the same page table entries, in that sense we are
bounded, again we are not sure how much IO will be in flight
on a perticular system so as to reserve that many pages for
IOMMU page table setup.

-Anil
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