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SubjectRe: [PATCH 09/14] msm: iommu: Kconfig option for cacheable page tables
On Sun, 2010-11-14 at 18:56 -0800, Stepan Moskovchenko wrote:
> > On Fri, 2010-11-12 at 19:29 -0800, Stepan Moskovchenko wrote:
> >>
> >> +config IOMMU_PGTABLES_L2
> >> + depends on ARCH_MSM8X60
> >> + depends on MMU
> >> + depends on CPU_DCACHE_DISABLE=n
> >> + depends on SMP
> >> + bool "Cacheable IOMMU page tables"
> >> + default y
> >> + help
> >> + Allows the IOMMU page tables to be brought into the L2 cache. This
> >> + improves the TLB miss latency at the expense of potential pollution
> >> + of the L2 cache. This option has been shown to improve multimedia
> >> + performance in some cases.
> >> +
> >> + If unsure, say Y here.
> >
> > Why would someone want this off?
> >
> > The other thing is that you usually want this included with the code
> > that uses the option.
> The code that uses it had gone in during a previous patch series, but I
> didn't want to meddle in the Kconfig just yet, especially since the option
> only improves performance and does not add new functionality at a high
> level. This patch should be the last of what is needed for this feature.
> You would want to turn this off if you wanted more deterministic behavior
> from the multimedia subsystem, such as when trying to run benchmarks for
> the worst-case behavior in terms of memory latency and TLB misses. You
> might also want to turn it off if you are debugging memory problems that
> you suspect might be related to the cache maintenance code, in which case
> turning this off would give an idea as to whether that is the problem.
> Similarly, this needs to be off (and will be, due to the dependencies) if
> certain required things (like the Dcache, MMU, etc) have been disabled.
> Finally, if you are doing things with the MMSS that you know will not
> result in many TLB misses, (or if you know that you can tolerate high miss
> latency) you may as well turn this off to avoid the (small) bit of cache
> pollution.

It sounds like you don't really want it off unless your a developer (or
you turn one of the dependencies) .. I think this might be better as a
hidden option just cause of the developer centric nature of it.



Sent by a consultant of the Qualcomm Innovation Center, Inc.
The Qualcomm Innovation Center, Inc. is a member of the Code Aurora Forum.

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