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Re: [PATCH] MIPS: Fixups of ALSA memory maps

To: Takashi Iwai <>, Thomas Bogendoerfer <>
Subject: Re: [PATCH] MIPS: Fixups of ALSA memory maps
From: Ralf Baechle <>
Date: Mon, 16 Nov 2009 18:43:24 +0100
Cc: Wu Zhangjin <>, Jaroslav Kysela <>,,,, Wu Zhangjin <>
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On Mon, Nov 16, 2009 at 06:12:22PM +0100, Takashi Iwai wrote:

> Actually, this has been a looong-standing problem.
> I have a series of patches to fix these issues, but it's more
> intensively involved with dma_*() functions.
> The patches can be found in test/dma-fix branch of sound GIT tree.
>   git:// 
> test/dma-fix
> This basically adds dma_mmap_coherent() function to feasible
> architectures, which is already implemented for ARM, so far.

Cool - but needs a little further tweaking to work right.  That's a
solution which will use uncached accesses on all MIPS systems.

IP27/IP35-family machines will explode when you try that.  Eventually the
cache coherency logic will notice that cache, directory caches and memory
have become inconsistent and bombard the CPU with a bunch of nasty

For cache-coherent machines otoh it's a big waste of performance.

int dma_mmap_coherent(struct device *dev, struct vm_area_struct *vma,
                      void *cpu_addr, dma_addr_t handle, size_t size)
        struct page *pg;

        if (!plat_device_is_coherent(dev))
                vma->vm_page_prot = pgprot_noncached(vma->vm_page_prot);
        cpu_addr = (void *)dma_addr_to_virt(handle);
        pg = virt_to_page(cpu_addr);

        return remap_pfn_range(vma, vma->vm_start,
                               page_to_pfn(pg) + vma->vm_pgoff,
                               size, vma->vm_page_prot);

Thomas - you're the IP28 specialist.  Would the plat_device_is_coherent()
above have to become a cpu_is_noncoherent_r10000() call?  Any further


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