Re: [PATCH] drivers/block/xsysace - replace in(out)_8/in(out)_be16/in(out)_le16 with generic iowrite(read)8/16(be)

From: Arnd Bergmann
Date: Tue Feb 12 2013 - 06:26:21 EST

On Tuesday 12 February 2013, Michal Simek wrote:
> > In particular, ARM can run both big- and little-endian even though
> > big-endian is rarely used, so you need to know the endianess for
> > the device you are talking to rather than assume that it knows
> > what the CPU does at the time.
> For high performance IPs using accessors functions is still problematic
> because there will be performance regression it means that
> from my point of view there still should be any option to "setup"
> proper endians for the driver and it can't be setup at run-time.

I did not mean you have to use a run-time detection here, although
that is often the easiest solution. If you know the endianess of
a device for a specific architecture or platform, it is totally
fine to pick that endianess at compile-time and use e.g. the
readl_relaxed() accessors on ARM to give you the lowest access

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