Block layer / MMC: Order of segments in SG-list

From: Joel A Fernandes
Date: Sun Jun 09 2013 - 19:20:33 EST

So I tried dumping addresses of an SG list in omap_hsmmc driver before
it is passed to DMA.

I found some interesting traces occasionally such as the below SG list
of length 4.

[ 6.758716] (0) length=4096, sg virt addr=c1318000, sg phy addr=81318000
[ 6.765863] (1) length=4096, sg virt addr=c1317000, sg phy addr=81317000
[ 6.773011] (2) length=4096, sg virt addr=c1316000, sg phy addr=81316000
[ 6.780087] (3) length=4096, sg virt addr=c1315000, sg phy addr=81315000

What is interesting is these chunks are really physically contiguous
but in reverse order in the list. I think a smarter ordering can
actually improve through put considerably and save precious DMA
resources by not having to allocate slots for parts of contiguous
chunk of physical memory.

Is there any particular reason why this might be the case? I traced to
find that the SG list is actually prepared by mmc_queue_map_sg ->

Thanks in advance on any insight on the above.

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