[Linaro-mm-sig] [PATCH 08/10] mm: cma: Contiguous Memory Allocator added

Zach Pfeffer zach.pfeffer at linaro.org
Tue Jun 14 14:58:25 EDT 2011

On 14 June 2011 12:01, Daniel Stone <daniels at collabora.com> wrote:
> Hi,
> On Tue, Jun 14, 2011 at 06:03:00PM +0200, Arnd Bergmann wrote:
>> On Tuesday 14 June 2011, Michal Nazarewicz wrote:
>> > On Tue, 14 Jun 2011 15:49:29 +0200, Arnd Bergmann <arnd at arndb.de> wrote:
>> > > Please explain the exact requirements that lead you to defining multiple
>> > > contexts.
>> >
>> > Some devices may have access only to some banks of memory.  Some devices
>> > may use different banks of memory for different purposes.
>> For all I know, that is something that is only true for a few very special
>> Samsung devices, and is completely unrelated of the need for contiguous
>> allocations, so this approach becomes pointless as soon as the next
>> generation of that chip grows an IOMMU, where we don't handle the special
>> bank attributes. Also, the way I understood the situation for the Samsung
>> SoC during the Budapest discussion, it's only a performance hack, not a
>> functional requirement, unless you count '1080p playback' as a functional
>> requirement.

Coming in mid topic...

I've seen this split bank allocation in Qualcomm and TI SoCs, with
Samsung, that makes 3 major SoC vendors (I would be surprised if
Nvidia didn't also need to do this) - so I think some configurable
method to control allocations is necessarily. The chips can't do
decode without it (and by can't do I mean 1080P and higher decode is
not functionally useful). Far from special, this would appear to be
the default.

> Hm, I think that was something similar but not quite the same: talking
> about having allocations split to lie between two banks of RAM to
> maximise the read/write speed for performance reasons.  That's something
> that can be handled in the allocator, rather than an API constraint, as
> this is.
> Not that I know of any hardware which is limited as such, but eh.
> Cheers,
> Daniel
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