[Linaro-mm-sig] [RFC v2 1/2] dma-buf: Introduce dma buffer sharing mechanism

Arnd Bergmann arnd at arndb.de
Wed Dec 21 12:27:16 EST 2011

On Tuesday 20 December 2011, Daniel Vetter wrote:
> > I'm thinking for a first version, we can get enough mileage out of it by saying:
> > 1) only exporter can mmap to userspace
> > 2) only importers that do not need CPU access to buffer..

Ok, that sounds possible. The alternative to this would be:

1) The exporter has to use dma_alloc_coherent() or dma_alloc_writecombine()
to allocate the buffer
2. Every user space mapping has to go through dma_mmap_coherent()
or dma_mmap_writecombine()

We can extend the rules later to allow either one after we have gained
some experience using it.

> > This way we can get dmabuf into the kernel, maybe even for 3.3.  I
> > know there are a lot of interesting potential uses where this stripped
> > down version is good enough.  It probably isn't the final version,
> > maybe more features are added over time to deal with importers that
> > need CPU access to buffer, sync object, etc.  But we have to start
> > somewhere.
> I agree with Rob here - I think especially for the coherency discussion
> some actual users of dma_buf on a bunch of insane platforms (i915
> qualifies here too, because we do some cacheline flushing behind everyones
> back) would massively help in clarifying things.

Yes, agreed.

> It also sounds like that at least for proper userspace mmap support we'd
> need some dma api extensions on at least arm, and that might take a while
> ...

I think it's actually the opposite -- you'd need dma api extensions on
everything else other than arm, which already has dma_mmap_coherent()
and dma_mmap_writecombine() for this purpose.


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