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SubjectRe: revert dma direct internals abuse
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On Wed, 2019-04-10 at 08:43 +0200, hch@lst.de wrote:
> On Tue, Apr 09, 2019 at 05:24:48PM +0000, Thomas Hellstrom wrote:
> > > Note that this only affects external, untrusted devices. But
> > > that
> > > may include eGPU,
> >
> > What about discrete graphics cards, like Radeon and Nvidia? Who
> > gets to
> > determine what's trusted?
>
> Based on firmware tables. discrete graphics would not qualify unless
> they are attached through thunderbolt bridges or external PCIe ports.
>
> > GPU libraries traditionally have been taking care of the CPU
> > mapping
> > caching modes since the first AGP drivers. GPU MMU ptes commonly
> > support various caching options and pages are changing caching mode
> > dynamically.
> > So even if the DMA layer needs to do the remapping, couldn't we do
> > that
> > on-demand when needed with a simple interface?
>
> The problem is that there is no "simple" interface as the details
> depend on the architecture. We have the following base variants
> to create coherent memory:
>
> 1) do nothing - this works on x86-like platforms where I/O is
> always
> coherent
> 2) use a special kernel segment, after flushing the caches for the
> normal segment, done on platforms like mips that have this
> special segment
> 3) remap the existing kernel direct mapping, after flushing the
> caches, done by openrisc and in some cases arm32
> 4) create a new mapping in vmap or ioremap space after flushing the
> caches - done by most architectures with an MMU and non-coherent
> devices
> 5) use a special pool of uncached memory set aside by the hardware
> or firmware - done by most architectures without an MMU but with
> non-coherent devices
>

Understood. Unfortunately IMO this severly limits the use of the
dma_alloc_coherent() method.

> So that is just five major variants with a lot of details on how
> it is done in practice. Add to that that many of the operations
> are fairly expensive and need to be pre-loaded.
>
> > > That being said: your driver already uses the dma coherent API
> > > under various circumstances, so you already have the above
> > > issues.
> >
> > Yes, but they are hidden behind driver options. We can't have
> > someone
> > upgrade their kernel and suddenly things don't work anymore, That
> > said,
> > I think the SWIOTLB case is rare enough for the below solution to
> > be
> > acceptable, although the TTM check for the coherent page pool being
> > available still needs to remain.
>
> So can you please respin a version acceptable to you and submit it
> for 5.1 ASAP? Otherwise I'll need to move ahead with the simple
> revert.

I will.
I need to do some testing to investigate how to best choose between the
options, but will have something ready for 5.1.

/Thomas

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