On Fri, Aug 01, 2003 at 10:18:50PM +0800, Fuxin Zhang wrote:
> I just run a fresh new 2.4.21 kernel on my board, no luck. The problem
> remains. But I notice that my hardware may have some problems,
> especially with the add-on ide card. Keep headaching...
> As to the discussion of SYNC, I can't help wondering whether the cache
> management should be totally hidden from programmers. People tends to
> write "safetest" code because of all kinds of brain-damage different
> hardware, which leads to inefficient code. And this will cancel out the
> potential speed benefit of simpler hardware. Also today's hardware seems
> not as expensive as it was before...
Cache managment needs to be somehow hidden from programmers as well as
possible - the average programmer has no clue about how caches work.
We've come up with an API that hides the actual functioning of caches
pretty well for DMA devices, see Documentation/DMA-mapping.txt and in
2.6 also a more generalized version documented in Documentation/DMA-API.txt.