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SubjectRe: [PATCH v7 23/25] PCI: dwc: Restore DMA-mask after MSI-data allocation
On Thu, Dec 15, 2022 at 10:26:08AM +0000, Robin Murphy wrote:
> On 2022-12-15 09:27, Serge Semin wrote:
> > Hi Christoph
> >
> > On Wed, Dec 14, 2022 at 11:13:41PM -0800, Christoph Hellwig wrote:
> > > On Thu, Dec 15, 2022 at 02:53:03AM +0300, Serge Semin wrote:
> > > > DW PCIe Root Ports and End-points can be equipped with the DW eDMA engine.
> > > > In that case it is critical to have the platform device pre-initialized
> > > > with a valid DMA-mask so the drivers using the eDMA-engine would be able
> > > > to allocate the DMA-able buffers. The MSI-capable data requires to be
> > > > allocated from the lowest 4GB region. Since that procedure implies the
> > > > DMA-mask change we need to restore the mask set by the low-level drivers
> > > > after the MSI-data allocation is done.
> > >
> > > You can't change the DMA mask when there are existing allocations.
> >
> > Em, what do you guys suggest for the DW PCIe devices with the embedded
> > DMA-engine then? To live forever with the SWIOTLBs? I can't drop the
> > DMA-mask update due to this commit 423511ec23e2 ("PCI: dwc: Drop
> > dependency on ZONE_DMA32") and I can't change the mask after it's
> > updated. Note it's updated for the memory allocation to which actually
> > no DMA will be performed, see
> > https://lore.kernel.org/linux-pci/20220825185026.3816331-2-willmcvicker@google.com/.
> > My patches imply adding the real DMA operations support.
> >
> > We've discussed this a lot with Robin in various threads and I thought
> > a workable solution was found. I was going to update the mask in
> > another place, but basically it would still mean to have first setting
> > the 32-bit mask here, and then change it to 64-bit one in the
> > framework of the DW eDMA driver.
> >
> > So to speak I don't see a proper way out from the situation. Nothing I
> > suggested was accepted and now we'll have to live with the SWIOTLBs
> > used for the memory above 4GB. So please suggest a workable solution
> > then. We need the next things:
> > 1. Somehow preserve a single DWORD of the PCIe bus memory for the
> > iMSI-RX engine. (That's what is currently done the
> > dw_pcie_msi_host_init() method by allocating the coherent memory.)
> > 2. Set the actual DMA-mask to the DW PCIe platform device so the
> > DMA-engine clients would be able to allocate actually DMA-able memory.
> >
> > @Robin, please join the discussion.
>

> Basically just don't touch the coherent mask. The eDMA drivers can still set
> the streaming mask to something larger, and that's the one that's going to
> matter for most dmaengine clients anyway. Even if someone does call
> dma_alloc_coherent() for their eDMA channel, it's not going to make much
> practical difference if that has to come from a DMA zone, unless the system
> is under severe memory pressure anyway.

Got it. Thanks for clarification. I'll resubmit the series with only
the streaming DMA mask restoration.

-Serge(y)

>
> Thanks,
> Robin.

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