[PATCHv3 5/6] ARM: imx: Add initial support for Freescale LS1021A

Jingchang Lu jingchang.lu at freescale.com
Thu Sep 11 03:05:14 PDT 2014

>-----Original Message-----
>From: Arnd Bergmann [mailto:arnd at arndb.de]
>Sent: Wednesday, September 10, 2014 3:42 PM
>To: Lu Jingchang-B35083
>Cc: linux-arm-kernel at lists.infradead.org; Guo Shawn-R65073;
>devicetree at vger.kernel.org
>Subject: Re: [PATCHv3 5/6] ARM: imx: Add initial support for Freescale
>On Wednesday 10 September 2014 03:31:19 Jingchang Lu wrote:
>> >> +DT_MACHINE_START(LS1021A, "Freescale LS1021A")  #ifdef
>> >> +       .dma_zone_size  = SZ_128M,
>> >> +#endif
>> >> +       .init_machine   = ls1021a_init_machine,
>> >> +       .dt_compat      = ls1021a_dt_compat,
>> >> +       .restart        = mxc_restart,
>> >
>> >I believe someone recently posted a patch to derive the dma_zone_size
>> >from device tree. Can yo try to find that and see if that will work for
>> >
>> >Can you explain what the reason is for needing a DMA zone?
>> With LPAE enabled on our SoC, we meet the system complaint of
>> "coherent DMA mask 0xffffffff is smaller than system GFP_DMA mask
>> 0xffffffffffffffff", and I notice that CONFIG_ZONE_DMA and dma_zone_size
>is a common resolve for this.
>Ok, I see. The actual point of dma_zone_size however is slightly different,
>and I think you should not use it like this. We normally only use ZONE_DMA
>if there are devices that have a limitation smaller than 4GB, and that
>appear to be the case for your system.
>The message you quote is only present in arch/powerpc, so I'm not sure
>what symptoms you are actually seeing. Please try removing the
>dma_zone_size setting for your platform and report if it works or what the
>symptom is if it does not work with the latest kernel.
>We definitely need to get this to work out of the box without a
>dma_zone_size hack.
>Can you describe what the memory layout is of your platform? Can you have
>RAM installed above the 4GB physical address boundary? If you can, are
>there any devices that are unable to perform DMA into that memory without
>the use of an IOMMU?
>	Arnd

Our platform has implemented the Large physical Address Extension, with 40-bit
address space, SDRAM can be above 4GB address, but currently we only use the DDR
controller1 at 0x80000000 below 4GB on our QDS and TWR board. Others is above 4GB
address. PCIE address is also above 4GB address and we are adding support to it.

Best Regards,

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