On Tuesday 18 December 2012 12:02:13 Andrew Turner wrote:
> On Tue, 18 Dec 2012 09:22:22 +0100
> 
> Hans Petter Selasky <hsela...@c2i.net> wrote:
> > On Tuesday 18 December 2012 08:49:31 Andrew Turner wrote:
> > > Hello,
> > > 
> > > Oleksandr and myself have been looking into why when we enable the
> > > write-back cache on the PandaBoard there are kernel panics with
> > > USB. We have tracked it down to an issue appending the ehci_qh_t to
> > > the list at the end of ehci_setup_standard_chain().
> > > 
> > > I have a patch at [1] that allows me to run sha256 on a 40MB file
> > > over NSF using the built in smsc USB ethernet chip. The problem is
> > > I have had to place a call to DELAY before EHCI_APPEND_QH. This is
> > > obviously not the correct solution.
> > > 
> > > Is anyone able to help me narrow down what is missing? It appears
> > > to be a missing cache invalidate or flush somewhere but I haven't
> > > been able to track down what cache function the DELAY is working
> > > around.
> > > 
> > > Andrew
> > > 
> > > [1] http://fubar.geek.nz/files/freebsd/ehci_4.diff
> > 
> > Hi,
> > 
> > Can you dump the DMA tag belonging to the QH via and check wether it
> > is mapped coherent or not. Thes QH- and TD- structures should not be
> > cache mapped. Else cache has not been disabled on those pages.
> > 
> > qh->page_cache->tag
> 

Hi Andrew,

> The BUS_DMA_COHERENT flag does nothing on armv6 as we need the cache
> enabled for atomic operations to work correctly and we would have to
> disable the cache on the entire page. This is acceptable behaviour from
> the description of the flag in the busdma man page.

Yes, but when I allocate memory from the USB stack, then I want that memory to 
not be cached. It is simply not that useful to have that memory cached. I 
didn't check the latest state of busdma, but if I'm not mistaken, if the 
BUS_DMA_COHERENT flag is set on the DMA tag, the flush/invalidate will simply 
return and do nothing. Maybe that is the problem ...

> 
> Is there a reason the QH and TD structures shouldn't be cache mapped?

Because they are frequently used for setting up data operations, and the 
flush/invalidate operate on the whole page where multiple tags can be present, 
notably for the same USB transfer, under the same mutex. So it slows down 
everything.

--HPS
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