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SubjectRe: [PATCH v2 RFC/RFT 1/5] ARM: dma-mapping: Add fallback normal page allocations
(catching up on email)

On Wed, Apr 24, 2019 at 09:26:52PM +0200, Christoph Hellwig wrote:
> On Wed, Apr 24, 2019 at 11:33:11AM -0700, Nicolin Chen wrote:
> > I feel it's similar to my previous set, which did most of these
> > internally except the renaming part. But Catalin had a concern
> > that some platforms might have limits on CMA range [1]. Will it
> > be still okay to do the fallback internally?
> >
> > [1: https://www.spinics.net/lists/arm-kernel/msg714295.html ]
>
> Catalins statement is correct, but I don't see how it applies to
> your patch. Your patch just ensures that the fallback we have
> in most callers is uniformly applied everywhere. The non-iommu
> callers will still need to select a specific zone and/or retry
> just the page allocator with other flags if the CMA (or fallback)
> page doesn't match what they need. dma-direct does this correctly
> and I think the arm32 allocator does as well, although it is a bit
> hard to follow sometimes.

My reading of the arm32 __dma_alloc() is that if the conditions are
right for the CMA allocator (allows blocking) and there is a default CMA
area or a per-device one, the call ends up in cma_alloc() without any
fallback if such allocation fails. Whether this is on purpose, I'm not
entirely sure. There are a couple of arm32 SoCs which call
dma_declare_contiguous() or dma_contiguous_reserve_area() and a few DT
files describing a specific CMA range (e.g. arch/arm/boot/dts/sun5i.dtsi
with a comment that address must be kept in the lower 256MB).

If ZONE_DMA is set up correctly so that cma_alloc() is (or can be made)
interchangeable with alloc_pages(GFP_DMA) from a device DMA capability
perspective , I think it should be fine to have such fallback.

--
Catalin

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