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SubjectRe: ioremap_uc() followed by set_memory_wc() - burrying MTRR
On Mon, Apr 13, 2015 at 10:49 AM, Luis R. Rodriguez <> wrote:

> c) ivtv: the driver does not have the PCI space mapped out separately, and
> in fact it actually does not do the math for the framebuffer, instead it lets
> the device's own CPU do that and assume where its at, see
> ivtvfb_get_framebuffer() and CX2341X_OSD_GET_FRAMEBUFFER, it has a get
> but not a setter. Its not clear if the firmware would make a split easy.
> We'd need ioremap_ucminus() here too and __arch_phys_wc_add().

IMO this should be conceptually easy to split. Once we get the
framebuffer address, just unmap it (or don't prematurely map it) and
then ioremap the thing.

> From the beginning it seems only framebuffer devices used MTRR/WC, lately it
> seems infiniband drivers also find good use for for it for PIO TX buffers to
> blast some sort of data, in the future I would not be surprised if other
> devices found use for it.

IMO the Infiniband maintainers should fix their code. Especially in
the server space, there aren't that many MTRRs to go around. I wrote
arch_phys_wc_add in the first place because my server *ran out of

Hey, IB people: can you fix your drivers to use arch_phys_wc_add
(which is permitted to be a no-op) along with ioremap_wc? Your users
will thank you.

> It may be true that the existing drivers that
> requires the above type of work are corner cases -- but I wouldn't hold my
> breath for that. The ivtv device is a good example of the worst type of
> situations and these days. So perhap __arch_phys_wc_add() and a
> ioremap_ucminus() might be something more than transient unless hardware folks
> get a good memo or already know how to just Do The Right Thing (TM).

I disagree. We should try to NACK any new code that can't function
without MTRRs.

(Plus, ARM is growing in popularity in the server space, and ARM quite
sensibly doesn't have MTRRs.)


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