[PATCH] arm64: Enable PCI write-combine resources under sysfs
will at kernel.org
Wed Sep 16 04:33:16 EDT 2020
On Tue, Sep 15, 2020 at 08:40:06PM -0300, Jason Gunthorpe wrote:
> On Wed, Sep 16, 2020 at 09:17:38AM +1000, Benjamin Herrenschmidt wrote:
> > On Tue, 2020-09-15 at 08:05 -0300, Jason Gunthorpe wrote:
> > > > To sum it up:
> > > >
> > > > (1) RDMA drivers need a new mapping function/attribute to define their
> > > > message push model. Actually the message model is not necessarily related
> > > > to write combining a la x86, so we should probably come up with a better
> > > > and consistent naming. Enabling this patchset may trigger performance
> > > > regressions on mellanox drivers on arm64 - this ought to be
> > > > addressed.
> > >
> > > It is pretty clear now that the certain ARM chips that don't do write
> > > combining with pgprot_writecombine will performance regress if they
> > > are running a certain uncommon Mellanox configuration. I suspect these
> > > deployments are all running the out of tree patch for DEVICE_GRE
> > > though.
> > I'm not sure I understand...
> > Today those ARM chips will not use pgprot_writecombine (at least not
> > using that code path, they might still use it as the result of the
> > other path in the driver that can enable it).
> Not quite, upstream kernel will never use WC on those
> devices. DEVICE_GRE is not supported in upstream,
> arch_can_pci_mmap_wc() is always false and the WC tester will always
> > With the patch, those device will now use MT_DEVICE_NC.
> Which doesn't do WC at all on some ARM implementations.
Is that just TX2? I remember that thing being weird where GRE performed
better than NC, but I thought that was a one off (and the thing is dead).
NC is more permissive than GRE, so I think that's the right one to use; i.e.
we go for the fewest number of restrictions on the hardware. If somebody
screws up the uarch, that's up to them.
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