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SubjectRe: [PATCH] x86-64: disable the GART before allocate aperture

> Yes, kdump kernel is generally <4GB . Won't I require IOMMU while I am
> copying the high memory contents in second kernel (lets say 16 GB of memory
> and destination device is not capable of addressing anything more than 4G
> for DMA operation)?

It cannot happen; you don't support mmap on vmcore. Also even if it
was possible it would likely work for networking/block IO because
they support bouncing using their own mechanism.

When you read() from vmcore to write the data out you will always use the CPU
to copy and then do IO from the copied data.

> > If it's not then swiotlb will also not work because it won't get
> > any memory <4GB.
> Will using IOMMU instead of swiotlb give noticeable perfomance boost.

The difference is not that dramatic and less and less IO devices need
it anyways. And if you're <4GB you will never need it.

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