Re: [Linux-ia64] IO/TLB bounce buffer space

From: Martin Wilck <>
Date: 2001-06-25 21:37:43
Dear Rich, all,

> In my experience, the question of the peak demand a system may
> experience must be governed by
> 1. what you, the supplier, spec as the peak demand it supports,
> 2. what the customer understands is the max load the system
>     can be utilized to perform, and have paid to obtain.
> 3. and any shortfall in actual delivered performance from your spec
>     you can be sure the customer will demand you the supplier pay
>     to make up the difference!
> This leaves no room for statistical analysis!   The customer will not
> view that using all the resources at once is unlikely and not expected.
> If you spec 4 controllers of 32 devices each of 253 buffers needed for
> their peak operation, then the system better deliver this.
> Or you should change your spec and reduce the numbers.

I completely agree with you. I just didn't want to sound too harsh in my
analysis of the problem (the harsh version is: This controller/driver
combination is not suitable for production systems on IA/64).

Justing Gibbs is implementing 39bit addressing into the aix7xxx
driver right now. Once finished, this will solve the problem.


Martin Wilck     <>
FSC EP PS DS1, Paderborn      Tel. +49 5251 8 15113
Received on Mon Jun 25 04:35:08 2001

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