[PATCH 1/4] net: thunderx: Fix IOMMU translation faults

Robin Murphy robin.murphy at arm.com
Mon Mar 6 04:46:16 PST 2017

On 04/03/17 05:54, Sunil Kovvuri wrote:
> On Fri, Mar 3, 2017 at 11:26 PM, David Miller <davem at davemloft.net> wrote:
>> From: sunil.kovvuri at gmail.com
>> Date: Fri,  3 Mar 2017 16:17:47 +0530
>>> @@ -1643,6 +1650,9 @@ static int nicvf_probe(struct pci_dev *pdev, const struct pci_device_id *ent)
>>>       if (!pass1_silicon(nic->pdev))
>>>               nic->hw_tso = true;
>>> +     /* Check if we are attached to IOMMU */
>>> +     nic->iommu_domain = iommu_get_domain_for_dev(dev);
>> This function is not universally available.
> Even if CONFIG_IOMMU_API is not enabled, it will return NULL and will be okay.
> http://lxr.free-electrons.com/source/include/linux/iommu.h#L400
>> This looks very hackish to me anyways, how all of this stuff is supposed
>> to work is that you simply use the DMA interfaces unconditionally and
>> whatever is behind the operations takes care of everything.
>> Doing it conditionally in the driver with all of this special IOMMU
>> domain et al. knowledge makes no sense to me at all.
>> I don't see other drivers doing stuff like this at all, so if you're
>> going to handle this in a unique way like this you better write
>> several paragraphs in your commit message explaining why this weird
>> crap is necessary.
> I already tried to explain in the commit message that HW anyway takes care
> of data coherency, so calling DMA interfaces when there is no IOMMU will
> only result in performance drop.
> We are seeing a 0.75Mpps drop with IP forwarding rate due to that.
> Hence I have restricted calling DMA interfaces to only when IOMMU is enabled.

What's 0.07Mpps as a percentage of baseline? On a correctly configured
coherent arm64 system, in the absence of an IOMMU, dma_map_*() is
essentially just virt_to_phys() behind a function call or two, so I'd be
interested to know where any non-trivial overhead might be coming from.


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