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Date:	Fri, 1 Jun 2007 11:16:59 -0700
From:	Andrew Vasquez <>
To:	Andi Kleen <>
Cc:	Rik van Riel <>,
	linux-kernel <>
Subject: Re: [PATCH] quiet down swiotlb warnings

On Fri, 01 Jun 2007, Andi Kleen wrote:

> Rik van Riel <> writes:
> > It turns out that the qla2xxx driver sometimes fills up the iotlb
> > on purpose and throttles itself when pci_map_sg() fails.  In the
> > case of a driver that expects and handles pci_map_sg() failures,
> > we should not spam the user's console with swiotlb full messages.
> Why does it do that? Could we supply a better interface
> for whatever it is trying to do here?

The driver only calls pci_map_sg() once it's insured that all local
driver resources are available to submit an I/O to the hardware.

> > -	printk(KERN_ERR "DMA: Out of SW-IOMMU space for %zu bytes at "
> > -	       "device %s\n", size, dev ? dev->bus_id : "?");
> > +	if (++warnings < 5)
> > +		printk(KERN_ERR "DMA: Out of SW-IOMMU space for %zu bytes at "
> > +		       "device %s\n", size, dev ? dev->bus_id : "?");
> Bad idea imho. swiotlb mappings should always lead to printk by default
> because it is pretty dangerous.

Why?  It's just another resource which is consumed -- the qla2xxx
driver is the final consumer before I/O is submitted out on the wire.
The mappings are held for the shorted time required -- as such, are
released as soon as the I/O completes.

> One possible solution for this I could think of would be to define a
> new pci_map_sg_couldfail() or similar that doesn't warn and use a weak
> fallback just calling pci_map_sg on other IOMMU implementations. 
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