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SubjectRe: [PATCH] dma-buf: mmap support
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On Wednesday 18 April 2012, Daniel Vetter wrote:
> + Because existing importing subsystems might presume coherent mappings for
> + userspace, the exporter needs to set up a coherent mapping. If that's not
> + possible, it needs to fake coherency by manually shooting down ptes when
> + leaving the cpu domain and flushing caches at fault time. Note that all the
> + dma_buf files share the same anon inode, hence the exporter needs to replace
> + the dma_buf file stored in vma->vm_file with it's own if pte shootdown is
> + requred. This is because the kernel uses the underlying inode's address_space
> + for vma tracking (and hence pte tracking at shootdown time with
> + unmap_mapping_range).
> +
> + If the above shootdown dance turns out to be too expensive in certain
> + scenarios, we can extend dma-buf with a more explicit cache tracking scheme
> + for userspace mappings. But the current assumption is that using mmap is
> + always a slower path, so some inefficiencies should be acceptable.
> +
> + Exporters that shoot down mappings (for any reasons) shall not do any
> + synchronization at fault time with outstanding device operations.
> + Synchronization is an orthogonal issue to sharing the backing storage of a
> + buffer and hence should not be handled by dma-buf itself. This is explictly
> + mentioned here because many people seem to want something like this, but if
> + different exporters handle this differently, buffer sharing can fail in
> + interesting ways depending upong the exporter (if userspace starts depending
> + upon this implicit synchronization).

How do you ensure that no device can do DMA on the buffer while it's mapped
into user space in a noncoherent manner?

Arnd


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