dma-mapping: support for DMA_ATTR_NON_CONSISTENT DMA attribute

Sylvain Munaut s.munaut at
Mon Jun 29 06:22:38 PDT 2015

Hi Russell,

On Mon, Jun 29, 2015 at 12:08 PM, Russell King - ARM Linux
<linux at> wrote:
> On Mon, Jun 29, 2015 at 12:05:09PM +0200, Sylvain Munaut wrote:
>> Well that can't be since the dma_sync_* are part of streaming API and
>> the dma_alloc_attrs is part of the "coherent" API (even though you
>> have the NON_COHERENT flag in it ... that's a bit weird).
>> But I don't see the alternative, unless the doc is suggesting I
>> basically do all the cache invalidation myself manually and doing arch
>> specific stuff directly in the driver ?
> Maybe someone with this problem should work on a solution - augmenting
> the coherent API with a set of functions to do what you want?
> Please, if you find something lacking like this, make a proposal and
> send a patch - but bear in mind that such an extension is not a matter
> for just ARM, but every other architecture that the kernel supports,
> so merely sending it to ARM mailing lists isn't going to get you very
> far.

I think I'd do it the other way, and augment the streaming API with a
method to allocate memory (either using kmalloc for small size or from
the CMA for large chunks).

This seems to be much less architecture dependent.

Would that be acceptable ?

All in all, the DMA_ATTR_NON_CONSISTENT flag seems to be used by only
2 drivers (and I couldn't really trace easily how they handle the



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