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SubjectRe: [PATCH] x86: create array based interface to change page attribute
Andi Kleen wrote:
> Dave Airlie <airlied@redhat.com> writes:
>
>>
>> +#define CPA_FLUSHTLB 1
>> +#define CPA_ARRAY 2
>>
>
> I don't think CPA_ARRAY should be a separate case. Rather single
> page flushing should be an array with only a single entry. pageattr
> is already very complex, no need to make add more special cases.
>
>> +
>> + /*
>> + * Only flush present addresses:
>> + */
>> + if (pte && (pte_val(*pte) & _PAGE_PRESENT))
>> + clflush_cache_range((void *) *addr, PAGE_SIZE);
>>
>
> Also it is doubtful clflush really makes sense on a large array. Just
> doing wbinvd might be faster then. Or perhaps better supporting Self-Snoop
> should be revisited, that would at least eliminate it on most Intel
> CPUs.
>
>
I agree that wbinvd() seems to be faster on large arrays on the
processors I've tested. But isn't there a severe latency problem with
that instruction, that makes people really want to avoid it in all
possible cases?

Also I think we need to clarify the semantics of the c_p_a
functionality. Right now both AGP and DRM relies on c_p_a doing an
explicit cache flush. Otherwise the data won't appear on the device side
of the aperture.
If we use self-snoop, the AGP and DRM drivers can't rely on this flush
being performed, and they have to do the flush themselves, and for
non-self-snooping processors, the flush needs to be done twice?

/Thomas

> -Andi
>





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