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

Daniel Vetter daniel at ffwll.ch
Wed Dec 21 14:04:33 EST 2011

On Wed, Dec 21, 2011 at 05:27:16PM +0000, Arnd Bergmann wrote:
> On Tuesday 20 December 2011, Daniel Vetter wrote:
> > 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.

Yeah, that's actually what I wanted to say, but failed at ... Another
thing is that at least for i915, _writecombine isn't what we want actually
- It won't work anyway cause i915 maps stuff cached and does the flushing
  itself and x86 PAT doesn't support mixed mappings (kinda like arm).
- It isn't actually enough, there's another hidden buffer between the
  memory controller interface and the gpu that i915 manually flushes
  (because even a readback on a wc mapping doesn't flush things in there).

So I assume we'll have plenty of funny beating out a good api for cpu
access ;-)

Cheers, Daniel
Daniel Vetter
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