[PATCH v7 00/17] Introduce ACPI for ARM64 based on ACPI 5.1

Catalin Marinas catalin.marinas at arm.com
Fri Jan 16 07:25:41 PST 2015

On Fri, Jan 16, 2015 at 03:14:13PM +0000, Arnd Bergmann wrote:
> On Friday 16 January 2015 14:55:45 Will Deacon wrote:
> > On Fri, Jan 16, 2015 at 02:45:30PM +0000, Tom Lendacky wrote:
> > > I have tested ACPI-enablement patches for the amd-xgbe/amd-xgbe-phy
> > > drivers that I'm about to submit upstream with the V7 patch series
> > > on the AMD Seattle server platform. There does not appear to be support
> > > for the _CCA attribute in this patch series. The amd-xgbe driver will
> > > setup the device domain and cache attributes based on the presence of
> > > this attribute, but it requires the arch support to assign the proper
> > > DMA operations in order for it to all work correctly.
> > > 
> > > Overriding the _CCA attribute in the driver, I was able to successfully
> > > test the driver and this patch series.
> > 
> > Hopefully this will all be addressed when the IORT parts of ACPI have
> > settled down (the current proposal allows for these attributes to be
> > described as well as their interaction with things like IOMMUs).
> > 
> > In the meantime, are you falling back to non-coherent DMA? If so, what
> > attributes have you settled on? We need to be really careful not to
> > corrupt data during cache invalidatation when mapping a non-coherent
> > buffer for the CPU.
> I think in case of ACPI we should use cache-coherent as the default,
> as this is what all servers will use for DMA masters.

Last time I heard in some call, it was agreed that _CCA properties
should always be present and Linux should not make any assumption (there
is no safe assumption here). While better options may appear in ACPI,
_CCA is what we currently have.


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