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SubjectRe: [PATCH 3/4] iommu/amd: Do not sync on page size changes
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On 2021-06-01 17:39, Nadav Amit wrote:
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>> On Jun 1, 2021, at 8:59 AM, Robin Murphy <robin.murphy@arm.com> wrote:
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>> On 2021-05-02 07:59, Nadav Amit wrote:
>>> From: Nadav Amit <namit@vmware.com>
>>> Some IOMMU architectures perform invalidations regardless of the page
>>> size. In such architectures there is no need to sync when the page size
>>> changes or to regard pgsize when making interim flush in
>>> iommu_iotlb_gather_add_page().
>>> Add a "ignore_gather_pgsize" property for each IOMMU-ops to decide
>>> whether gather's pgsize is tracked and triggers a flush.
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>> I've objected before[1], and I'll readily object again ;)
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>> I still think it's very silly to add a bunch of indirection all over the place to make a helper function not do the main thing it's intended to help with. If you only need trivial address gathering then it's far simpler to just implement trivial address gathering. I suppose if you really want to you could factor out another helper to share the 5 lines of code which ended up in mtk-iommu (see commit f21ae3b10084).
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> Thanks, Robin.
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> I read your comments but I cannot fully understand the alternative that you propose, although I do understand your objection to the indirection “ignore_gather_pgsize”. Would it be ok if “ignore_gather_pgsize" was provided as an argument for iommu_iotlb_gather_add_page()?

No, I mean if iommu_iotlb_gather_add_page() doesn't have the behaviour
your driver wants, just don't call it. Write or factor out a suitable
helper that *does* do what you want and call that, or just implement the
logic directly inline. Indirect argument or not, it just doesn't make
much sense to have a helper function call which says "do this except
don't do most of it".

> In general, I can live without this patch. It probably would have negligent impact on performance anyhow.

As I implied, it sounds like your needs are the same as the Mediatek
driver had, so you could readily factor out a new page-size-agnostic
gather helper from that. I fully support making the functional change to
amd-iommu *somehow* - nobody likes unnecessary syncs - just not with
this particular implementation :)

Robin.

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