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Date:   Thu, 20 Aug 2020 07:02:14 +0200
From:   Christoph Hellwig <hch@....de>
To:     Robin Murphy <robin.murphy@....com>
Cc:     Tomasz Figa <tfiga@...omium.org>, Christoph Hellwig <hch@....de>,
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Subject: Re: [PATCH 05/28] media/v4l2: remove
 V4L2-FLAG-MEMORY-NON-CONSISTENT

On Wed, Aug 19, 2020 at 03:07:04PM +0100, Robin Murphy wrote:
>> FWIW, I asked back in time what the plan is for non-coherent
>> allocations and it seemed like DMA_ATTR_NON_CONSISTENT and
>> dma_sync_*() was supposed to be the right thing to go with. [2] The
>> same thread also explains why dma_alloc_pages() isn't suitable for the
>> users of dma_alloc_attrs() and DMA_ATTR_NON_CONSISTENT.
>
> AFAICS even back then Christoph was implying getting rid of NON_CONSISTENT 
> and *replacing* it with something streaming-API-based - i.e. this series - 
> not encouraging mixing the existing APIs. It doesn't seem impossible to 
> implement a remapping version of this new dma_alloc_pages() for 
> IOMMU-backed ops if it's really warranted (although at that point it seems 
> like "non-coherent" vb2-dc starts to have significant conceptual overlap 
> with vb2-sg).

You can alway vmap the returned pages from dma_alloc_pages, but it will
make cache invalidation hell - you'll need to use
invalidate_kernel_vmap_range and flush_kernel_vmap_range to properly
handle virtually indexed caches.

Or with remapping you mean using the iommu do de-scatter/gather?

You can implement that trivially implement it yourself for the iommu
case:

{
	merge_boundary = dma_get_merge_boundary(dev);
	if (!merge_boundary || merge_boundary > chunk_size - 1) {
		/* can't coalesce */
		return -EINVAL;
	}

	
	nents = DIV_ROUND_UP(total_size, chunk_size);
	sg = sgl_alloc();
	for_each_sgl() {
		sg->page = __alloc_pages(get_order(chunk_size))
		sg->len = chunk_size;
	}
	dma_map_sg(sg, DMA_ATTR_SKIP_CPU_SYNC);
	// you are guaranteed to get a single dma_addr out
}

Of course this still uses the scatterlist structure with its annoying
mix of input and output parametes, so I'd rather not expose it as
an official API at the DMA layer.

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