[PATCH] arm64: Enable PCI write-combine resources under sysfs

Benjamin Herrenschmidt benh at kernel.crashing.org
Wed Sep 2 19:07:00 EDT 2020

On Wed, 2020-09-02 at 17:47 +0100, Lorenzo Pieralisi wrote:
> Yes I do and I expressed them.
> The first concern is the WC ambiguity on non-x86 systems, it looks
> like write combinining means everything and nothing at the same time
> on != x86 arches.
> On x86 prefetchable BAR == WC mapping (still conditional on arch
> features ie PAT, not a blanket enable). On ARM64 WC mapping currently
> corresponds to normal NC memory and the PCIe specs allow read
> side-effects BAR to be marked as prefetchable, I need to force PCI
> sig
> to remove the section I mentioned from the specifications because
> there
> is NO way it can be detected if a prefetchable BAR maps to read
> side-effects memory.

Im not sure I understand your sentence. It's been a long accepted rule
in PCI land that "prefetchable" BARs means "no side effects" and in
fact allows much more than just prefetching :-)

> A kernel device driver would (hopefully) know, sysfs code that just
> checks the prefetchable attribute and exports resource_WC does not.
> As I mentioned, if the mapping is done in a device specific driver it
> can be vetted and there are not many drivers mapping BARs as
> ioremap_wc().

It's been what other architectures have been doing for mroe than a
decade without significant issues... I don't think you should worry too
much about this.


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