[PATCH 7/8] common: dma-mapping: change alloc/free_coherent method to more generic alloc/free_attrs

James Bottomley James.Bottomley at HansenPartnership.com
Fri Jun 24 12:15:47 EDT 2011

On Fri, 2011-06-24 at 17:51 +0200, Arnd Bergmann wrote:
> On Monday 20 June 2011, Marek Szyprowski wrote:
> > Introduce new alloc/free/mmap methods that take attributes argument.
> > alloc/free_coherent can be implemented on top of the new alloc/free
> > calls with NULL attributes. dma_alloc_non_coherent can be implemented
> > using DMA_ATTR_NONCOHERENT attribute, dma_alloc_writecombine can also
> > use separate DMA_ATTR_WRITECOMBINE attribute. This way the drivers will
> > get more generic, platform independent way of allocating dma memory
> > buffers with specific parameters.
> > 
> > One more attribute can be usefull: DMA_ATTR_NOKERNELVADDR. Buffers with
> > such attribute will not have valid kernel virtual address. They might be
> > usefull for drivers that only exports the DMA buffers to userspace (like
> > for example V4L2 or ALSA).
> > 
> > mmap method is introduced to let the drivers create a user space mapping
> > for a DMA buffer in generic, architecture independent way.
> > 
> > TODO: update all dma_map_ops clients for all architectures
> > 
> > Signed-off-by: Marek Szyprowski <m.szyprowski at samsung.com>
> > Signed-off-by: Kyungmin Park <kyungmin.park at samsung.com>
> Yes, I think that is good, but the change needs to be done atomically
> across all architectures. This should be easy enough as I believe
> all other architectures that use dma_map_ops don't even require
> dma_alloc_noncoherent

This statement is definitely not true of parisc, and also, I believe,
not true of sh, so that would have to figure in the conversion work too.


>  but just define it to dma_alloc_coherent
> because they have only coherent memory in regular device drivers.
> On a related note, do you plan to make the CMA work use this
> transparently, or do you want to have a DMA_ATTR_LARGE or
> 	Arnd
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