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SubjectRe: [PATCH] x86: create array based interface to change page attribute
Arjan van de Ven wrote:
> Thomas Hellström wrote:
>> Dave Airlie wrote:
>>> When cpa was refactored to the new set_memory_ interfaces, it removed
>>> a special case fast path for AGP systems, which did a lot of page by
>>> page
>>> attribute changing and held the flushes until they were finished. The
>>> DRM memory manager also required this to get useable speeds.
>>> This introduces a new interface, which accepts an array of memory
>>> addresses
>>> to have attributes changed on and to flush once finished.
>>> Further changes to the AGP stack to actually use this interface will be
>>> published later.
>>> Signed-off-by: Dave Airlie <>
>>> ---
>>> arch/x86/mm/pageattr-test.c | 12 ++-
>>> arch/x86/mm/pageattr.c | 164
>>> +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++-----------
>>> include/asm-x86/cacheflush.h | 3 +
>>> 3 files changed, 132 insertions(+), 47 deletions(-)
>> ...
>> Dave,
>> Nice work, but how do we handle highmem pages?
> Cache attributes fundamentally work on a mapping and not on physical
> memory.
> (MTRR's are special there, they do work on physical memory, but that's
> a special case and not relevant here)
> So to be honest, your question doesn't make sense; because all I can
> do is ask "which mapping of these pages".
> Even the old interfaces prior to 2.6.24 only managed to deal with SOME
> of the mappings of a page.
> And if/when future CPUs don't require all mappings to be in sync,
> clearly the kernel will only change
> the mapping that is requested as well.
>> Since this is an AGPgart and DRM fastpath, the interface should
>> ideally be adapted to match the data structures used by those callers.
> Actually, the interface has to make sense conceptually convey the
> right information,
> the implementation should not have to second guess internals of
> AGP/DRM because that
> would just be a recipe for disaster.
>> The AGPgart module uses an array of addresses, which effectively
>> stops it from using pages beyond the DMA32 limit. The DRM memory
>> manager uses an array of struct page pointers, but using that was, If
>> I understand things correctly, rejected.
> yes because simply put, if you pass a struct page to such a function,
> you're not telling it which
> mapping or mappings you want changed....
> (And if you say "only the 1:1 mapping, so why doesn't the other side
> calculate that"... there's no speed gain in doing
> the calculation for that on the other side of an interface, and that
> makes it zero reason to misdesign the interface
> to only have the "which mapping" information implicit)
Hmm. I get the point. There should be ways to do reasonably efficient
workarounds in the drivers.


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