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SubjectRe: kmap_atomic_pfn for PCI BAR access?
On Thu, 26 Jun 2008 11:23:11 +1000
"Dave Airlie" <airlied@gmail.com> wrote:

> On Thu, Jun 26, 2008 at 11:18 AM, Jeremy Fitzhardinge
> <jeremy@goop.org> wrote:
> > Keith Packard wrote:
> >>
> >> The graphics memory BAR is generally fairly good sized; on Intel
> >> chips, it's between 256M and 1G (and growing). I want to write
> >> data into this region from kernel space, but it's really too big
> >> to map the whole thing into kernel address space, especially on
> >> 32-bit systems. ioremap is not a good option here -- it's way too
> >> slow.
> >>
> >> With CONFIG_HIGHMEM enabled, I can use kmap_atomic_pfn (well,
> >> actually the kmap_atomic_proc_pfn included in the DRM tree) and
> >> things work quite well -- performance is good, with barely any
> >> measurable time spent in the PTE whacking (~1%).
> >>
> >> However, with CONFIG_HIGHMEM disabled, there aren't any PTEs
> >> reserved for this kind of mapping fun. This makes me suspect that
> >> abusing kmap_atomic for this operation would not be appreciated.
> >> Should I use kmap_atomic_pfn to reach my PCI BAR like this?
> >>
> >> Would it be reasonable to supply a patch that made this work even
> >> without CONFIG_HIGHMEM?
> >>
> >
> > Usually people use ioremap to map device memory. Wouldn't that
> > work in this case?
> >
>
> "but it's really too big to map the whole thing
> into kernel address space, especially on 32-bit systems. ioremap is
> not a good option here -- it's way too slow."
>
> >From the original mail.
>
> doing tlb flush for iounmap is slow as all hell if you do it a lot,
> and we can't afford to mmap the whole aperture it can 1GB.

well kmap does a tlb flush as well... you can't get away from doing a
flush if you change cpu mapping.
What you CAN do is play tricks and flush only once in a while and make
sure you don't recycle mappings in the mean time (like kmap does).

I can totally see doing an iounmap_lazy() and then have an
iounmap_flush_lazy() thing or something like that....

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