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SubjectRe: [PATCH] firmware: gsmi: Drop the use of dma_pool_* API functions
On Wed, 21 Oct 2020 at 07:18, Greg Kroah-Hartman
<gregkh@linuxfoundation.org> wrote:
>
> On Tue, Oct 20, 2020 at 10:01:41PM -0700, Furquan Shaikh wrote:
> > GSMI driver uses dma_pool_* API functions for buffer allocation
> > because it requires that the SMI buffers are allocated within 32-bit
> > physical address space. However, this does not work well with IOMMU
> > since there is no real device and hence no domain associated with the
> > device.
> >
> > Since this is not a real device, it does not require any device
> > address(IOVA) for the buffer allocations. The only requirement is to
> > ensure that the physical address allocated to the buffer is within
> > 32-bit physical address space. This change allocates a page using
> > `get_zeroed_page()` and passes in GFP_DMA32 flag to ensure that the
> > page allocation is done in the DMA32 zone. All the buffer allocation
> > requests for gsmi_buf are then satisfed using this pre-allocated page
> > for the device.
>
> Are you sure that "GFP_DMA32" really does what you think it does? A
> "normal" call with GFP_KERNEL" will give you memory that is properly
> dma-able.
>
> We should not be adding new GFP_DMA* users in the kernel in these days,
> just call dma_alloc*() and you should be fine.
>

The point seems to be that this is not about DMA at all, and so there
is no device associated with the DMA allocation.

The other 'master' is the CPU running firmware in an execution mode
where it can only access the bottom 4 GB of memory, and GFP_DMA32
happens to allocate from a zone which is guaranteed to be accessible
to the firmware.

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