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SubjectRe: [PATCH 6/6] atmel_serial: Add DMA support
On Wed, 23 Jan 2008 13:30:32 +0100
Marc Pignat <> wrote:
> On Wednesday 23 January 2008, Haavard Skinnemoen wrote:
> > Right. Does that mean I shouldn't Cc it on patches?
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Ok, sorry about that.

> > Dunno. I suppose the PDC_BUFFER_SIZE and/or PDC_RX_TIMEOUT definitions
> > needs to be revisited? Chip?
> I just think there is no need to warn, even if definitions are sub-optimal.

I agree, so I replaced it with a comment.

> > I don't really understand why the buffer size depends on the cache line
> > size either. Why don't we just set it to something nice and large, like
> > 512 (actually 1024 since there are two buffers), and be done with it?
> Probably for dma safety/performance, The PDC buffer start should be aligned to
> cache line, and the size be a multiple of cache line size.

Ok, but then any power of two larger than the cache line size should be
fine, assuming kmalloc() returns a properly aligned buffer.

Other than that, I can't see any reason why a platform with 64 byte
cache lines should need larger buffers than one with 32 byte cache

> > And while we're at it, might as well move the SUPPORT_PDC definition
> > into Kconfig where it belongs...
> For me there is no need to disbable pdc support once working. PDC can be
> enabled/disabled in the board setup code. -> simply remove this definition.

There are still issues with the DMA code that the PIO code doesn't
have. So I think it should be selectable until we can sort out the
error/break handling.

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