[Linaro-mm-sig] [PATCH 7/9] ARM: DMA: steal memory for DMA coherent mappings

Russell King - ARM Linux linux at arm.linux.org.uk
Sun Aug 14 07:52:05 UTC 2011

On Fri, Aug 12, 2011 at 02:53:05PM +0200, Arnd Bergmann wrote:
> On Friday 12 August 2011, Marek Szyprowski wrote:
> > 
> > From: Russell King <rmk+kernel at arm.linux.org.uk>
> > 
> > Steal memory from the kernel to provide coherent DMA memory to drivers.
> > This avoids the problem with multiple mappings with differing attributes
> > on later CPUs.
> > 
> > Signed-off-by: Russell King <rmk+kernel at arm.linux.org.uk>
> > [m.szyprowski: rebased onto 3.1-rc1]
> > Signed-off-by: Marek Szyprowski <m.szyprowski at samsung.com>
> Hi Marek,
> Is this the same patch that Russell had to revert because it didn't
> work on some of the older machines, in particular those using
> dmabounce?
> I thought that our discussion ended with the plan to use this only
> for ARMv6+ (which has a problem with double mapping) but not on ARMv5
> and below (which don't have this problem but might need dmabounce).

I thought we'd decided to have a pool of available CMA memory on ARMv6K
to satisfy atomic allocations, which can grow and shrink in size, rather
than setting aside a fixed amount of contiguous system memory.

ARMv6 and ARMv7+ could use CMA directly, and <= ARMv5 can use the existing
allocation method.

Has something changed?

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