[Intel-gfx] [PATCH v2 1/6] drm/i915: Remove forcewake dance from seqno/irq barrier on legacy gen6+

Chris Wilson chris at chris-wilson.co.uk
Sat Jan 16 01:46:15 PST 2016

In order to ensure seqno/irq coherency, we currently read a ring register.
The mmio transaction following the interrupt delays the inspection of
the seqno long enough for the MI_STORE_DWORD_IMM to update the CPU
cache. However, it is only the memory timing that is important for the
purposes of the delay, we do not need nor desire the extra forcewake.

v3: Update commentary

Signed-off-by: Chris Wilson <chris at chris-wilson.co.uk>
Cc: Daniel Vetter <daniel.vetter at ffwll.ch>
Cc: Mika Kuoppala <mika.kuoppala at intel.com>
Reviewed-by: Mika Kuoppala <mika.kuoppala at intel.com> [v2]
 drivers/gpu/drm/i915/intel_ringbuffer.c | 13 +++++++++++--
 1 file changed, 11 insertions(+), 2 deletions(-)

diff --git a/drivers/gpu/drm/i915/intel_ringbuffer.c b/drivers/gpu/drm/i915/intel_ringbuffer.c
index 8cd8aabcc3ff..ddfe511ee9ba 100644
--- a/drivers/gpu/drm/i915/intel_ringbuffer.c
+++ b/drivers/gpu/drm/i915/intel_ringbuffer.c
@@ -1492,10 +1492,19 @@ gen6_ring_get_seqno(struct intel_engine_cs *ring, bool lazy_coherency)
 	/* Workaround to force correct ordering between irq and seqno writes on
 	 * ivb (and maybe also on snb) by reading from a CS register (like
-	 * ACTHD) before reading the status page. */
+	 * ACTHD) before reading the status page.
+	 *
+	 * Note that this effectively stalls the read by the time it takes to
+	 * do a memory transaction, which more or less ensures that the write
+	 * from the GPU has sufficient time to invalidate the CPU cacheline.
+	 * Alternatively we could delay the interrupt from the CS ring to give
+	 * the write time to land, but that would incur a delay after every
+	 * batch i.e. much more frequent than a delay when waiting for the
+	 * interrupt (with the same net latency).
+	 */
 	if (!lazy_coherency) {
 		struct drm_i915_private *dev_priv = ring->dev->dev_private;
-		POSTING_READ(RING_ACTHD(ring->mmio_base));
+		POSTING_READ_FW(RING_ACTHD(ring->mmio_base));
 	return intel_read_status_page(ring, I915_GEM_HWS_INDEX);

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