Re: [Linux-ia64] BitKeeper tree for 2.4.x

From: Steffen Persvold <>
Date: 2002-10-18 12:32:29
On Thu, 17 Oct 2002, Grant Grundler wrote:

> Steffen Persvold wrote:
> > Kinda complicated though... I thought the IO system didn't use coherence
> > protocols, and it was because of that we needed API functions such as
> > pci_dma_sync_single() and pci_dma_sync_sg() to manually ensure coherence..
> The original problem was some IOMMU's can not support a static translation
> for all physical memory - ie virt_to_bus() wouldn't work.
> "manual coherence" works because the design accomodates SW IOTLB
> ("bounce buffers") model.
> Supported HP PARISC and IA64 IOMMU's participate in the coherency protocol.

True, but I still can't see how a PTE with the WC attribute (in the CPU 
MMU) can affect the coherency protocol the IOMMU uses on DMA read 
transfers. I thought the WC attribute just controlled how the CPU buffered 

Anyway, although I agree that the availability of the WC feature should be 
checked with the information from the firware, I don't agree that this 
should be done now on the 2.4 series. Atleast don't remove WC (or UC) 
support in any 2.4 kernels before the validation routines are ready and 

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Received on Thu Oct 17 17:39:05 2002

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