[PATCH] ARM: mm: dma: Update coherent streaming apis with missing memory barrier

Santosh Shilimkar santosh.shilimkar at ti.com
Tue Apr 22 12:58:09 PDT 2014

On Tuesday 22 April 2014 03:53 PM, Arnd Bergmann wrote:
> On Tuesday 22 April 2014, Santosh Shilimkar wrote:
>> On Tuesday 22 April 2014 10:08 AM, Arnd Bergmann wrote:
>>> It's not the nicest API ever, but that's what it is and has been, mostly
>>> for compatibility with x86, where the 'mov' instruction performing the
>>> store to MMIO registers implies that all writes to DMA memory are
>>> visible to the device.
>> This is not about writel() and  writel_relaxed(). The driver don't
>> need that barrier. For example if the actual start of the DMA
>> happens bit later, that doesn't matter for the driver.
>> DMA APIs already do barriers today for non-coherent case. We
>> are not talking anything new here. Sorry but I don't see the
>> connection here.
> I don't think they do, nor should they. Can you tell me where
> you see a barrier in dma_sync_single_for_cpu() or 
> arm_dma_sync_single_for_device()? For all I can tell, they
> only deal with L1 and L2 cache maintainance in arm_dma_ops.
The cache APIs used by dma_ops do have the necessary barriers
at end of the of the cache operations. Thats what I meant. So for
end user(Device driver), its transparent.


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