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Date:	Mon, 20 Oct 2014 05:59:18 +0200
From:	Juergen Gross <jgross@...e.com>
To:	hpa@...or.com, x86@...nel.org, tglx@...utronix.de, mingo@...hat.com
CC:	stefan.bader@...onical.com, toshi.kani@...com,
	linux-kernel@...r.kernel.org, xen-devel@...ts.xensource.com,
	konrad.wilk@...cle.com, ville.syrjala@...ux.intel.com,
	david.vrabel@...rix.com, jbeulich@...e.com
Subject: Re: [RESEND PATCH V3 0/3] x86: Full support of PAT

Hi x86 maintainers,

any reason you seem to ignore this patch series? I think I've replied
to all open issues and sent the patches more than one month ago. Each
patch has a "Reviewed-by". Is there something else missing?


Juergen

On 10/13/2014 10:13 AM, Juergen Gross wrote:
> The x86 architecture offers via the PAT (Page Attribute Table) a way to
> specify different caching modes in page table entries. The PAT MSR contains
> 8 entries each specifying one of 6 possible cache modes. A pte references one
> of those entries via 3 bits: _PAGE_PAT, _PAGE_PWT and _PAGE_PCD.
>
> The Linux kernel currently supports only 4 different cache modes. The PAT MSR
> is set up in a way that the setting of _PAGE_PAT in a pte doesn't matter: the
> top 4 entries in the PAT MSR are the same as the 4 lower entries.
>
> This results in the kernel not supporting e.g. write-through mode. Especially
> this cache mode would speed up drivers of video cards which now have to use
> uncached accesses.
>
> OTOH some old processors (Pentium) don't support PAT correctly and the Xen
> hypervisor has been using a different PAT MSR configuration for some time now
> and can't change that as this setting is part of the ABI.
>
> This patch set abstracts the cache mode from the pte and introduces tables to
> translate between cache mode and pte bits (the default cache mode "write back"
> is hard-wired to PAT entry 0). The tables are statically initialized with
> values being compatible to old processors and current usage. As soon as the
> PAT MSR is changed (or - in case of Xen - is read at boot time) the tables are
> changed accordingly. Requests of mappings with special cache modes are always
> possible now, in case they are not supported there will be a fallback to a
> compatible but slower mode.
>
> Summing it up, this patch set adds the following features:
> - capability to support WT and WP cache modes on processors with full PAT
>    support
> - processors with no or uncorrect PAT support are still working as today, even
>    if WT or WP cache mode are selected by drivers for some pages
> - reduction of Xen special handling regarding cache mode
>
> Changes in V3:
> - corrected two minor nits (UC_MINUS, again) detected by Toshi Kani
>
> Changes in V2:
> - simplified handling of PAT MSR write under Xen as suggested by David Vrabel
> - removed resetting of pat_enabled under Xen
> - two small corrections requested by Toshi Kani (UC_MINUS cache mode in
>    vermilion driver, fix 32 bit kernel build failure)
> - correct build error on non-x86 arch by moving definition of
>    update_cache_mode_entry() to x86 specific header
>
> Changes since RFC:
> - renamed functions and variables as suggested by Toshi Kani
> - corrected cache mode bits for WT and WP
> - modified handling of PAT MSR write under Xen as suggested by Jan Beulich
>
>
> Juergen Gross (3):
>    x86: Make page cache mode a real type
>    x86: Enable PAT to use cache mode translation tables
>    Support Xen pv-domains using PAT
>
>   arch/x86/include/asm/cacheflush.h         |  38 ++++---
>   arch/x86/include/asm/fb.h                 |   6 +-
>   arch/x86/include/asm/io.h                 |   2 +-
>   arch/x86/include/asm/pat.h                |   7 +-
>   arch/x86/include/asm/pgtable.h            |  19 ++--
>   arch/x86/include/asm/pgtable_types.h      |  96 ++++++++++++----
>   arch/x86/mm/dump_pagetables.c             |  24 ++--
>   arch/x86/mm/init.c                        |  37 ++++++
>   arch/x86/mm/init_64.c                     |   9 +-
>   arch/x86/mm/iomap_32.c                    |  15 ++-
>   arch/x86/mm/ioremap.c                     |  63 ++++++-----
>   arch/x86/mm/mm_internal.h                 |   2 +
>   arch/x86/mm/pageattr.c                    |  84 ++++++++------
>   arch/x86/mm/pat.c                         | 181 +++++++++++++++++++-----------
>   arch/x86/mm/pat_internal.h                |  22 ++--
>   arch/x86/mm/pat_rbtree.c                  |   8 +-
>   arch/x86/pci/i386.c                       |   4 +-
>   arch/x86/xen/enlighten.c                  |  25 ++---
>   arch/x86/xen/mmu.c                        |  48 +-------
>   arch/x86/xen/xen-ops.h                    |   1 -
>   drivers/video/fbdev/gbefb.c               |   3 +-
>   drivers/video/fbdev/vermilion/vermilion.c |   6 +-
>   22 files changed, 421 insertions(+), 279 deletions(-)
>

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