lkml.org 
[lkml]   [2009]   [Jun]   [29]   [last100]   RSS Feed
Views: [wrap][no wrap]   [headers]  [forward] 
 
Messages in this thread
/
Date
From
SubjectRe: [PATCH][RFC] asm-generic:remove calling flush_write_buffers() in dma_sync_*_for_cpu
On Mon, Jun 29, 2009 at 06:45:15PM +0200, Arnd Bergmann wrote:
> On Monday 29 June 2009, Alan Cox wrote:
> > > Wouldn't it be better to put the flush_write_buffer in the specific
> > > operation (swiotlb_sync_*_for_*) rather than the multiplexer?
> > >
> > > Maybe in that case, smp_wmb() would be more appropriate because
> > > it is defined on all architectures.
> >
> > smp_wmb() is stronger and it would slow down x86 if we did that (we'd go
> > from no-op on a coherent platform to using mfence/lfence etc)
> >
> Really? In my copy of system.h, I read
>
> #ifdef CONFIG_SMP
> # ifdef CONFIG_X86_OOSTORE
> # define smp_wmb() wmb()
> # else
> # define smp_wmb() barrier()
> # endif
> #else
> # define smp_wmb() barrier()
> #endif

With that definition an smp_wmb() would do the right job on x86. If thats also
true for other architectures using this generic header we can remove
flush_write_buffer().

>
> That actually looks weaker than flush_write_buffer, as it would turn into
> a barrier() in case of !SMP or !X86_OOSTORE, and into an sfence instead of
> lock addl on all modern CPUs in case of SMP && X86_OOSTORE.

X86_OOSTORE is defined for (MWINCHIP3D || MWINCHIPC6) && MTRR. I am not sure if
these chips have sfence.
It would also help to know what OOSTORE exactly means in the context of that
chip.

Joerg

--
| Advanced Micro Devices GmbH
Operating | Karl-Hammerschmidt-Str. 34, 85609 Dornach bei München
System |
Research | Geschäftsführer: Thomas M. McCoy, Giuliano Meroni
Center | Sitz: Dornach, Gemeinde Aschheim, Landkreis München
| Registergericht München, HRB Nr. 43632

--
To unsubscribe from this list: send the line "unsubscribe linux-kernel" in
the body of a message to majordomo@vger.kernel.org
More majordomo info at http://vger.kernel.org/majordomo-info.html
Please read the FAQ at http://www.tux.org/lkml/

\
 
 \ /
  Last update: 2009-06-29 20:51    [W:0.049 / U:1.588 seconds]
©2003-2020 Jasper Spaans|hosted at Digital Ocean and TransIP|Read the blog|Advertise on this site