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SubjectRe: DMA using data buffer vmapped in kernel space
2010/3/7 Russell King - ARM Linux <>:
> On Sat, Mar 06, 2010 at 02:07:12PM +0100, Thomas Koeller wrote:
>> Am Donnerstag, 4. März 2010 22:36:34 schrieb Russell King - ARM Linux:
>> > Cache maintainence is done using virtual addresses for L1, and
>> > physical addresses for L2.  There's the need for virtual addresses
>> > to be translatable to physical addresses, which is only true for
>> > the kernel direct mapped region (pages between PAGE_OFFSET and
>> > high_memory).
>> Isn't the mapping created by vmap() sufficient for the virt/phys
>> translation? In which way is this case different from a buffer
>> passed in from user space, where the constituent pages are not
>> in the directly mapped kernel region either?
> No different.
> The requirement is that dma_map_single() is passed a virtual address
> in the kernel direct-mapped memory region, which is translatable using
> virt_to_phys() and friends.
I had encounter a similiar problem and I simply allocated a new
buffer, copy the data, then DMA. It seems slow and stupid.

I'm wondering wether could I translate the vmap virt to phys(don't
know how to yet), then use phys_to_virt to get the virt in
direct-mapped memory region?

Is there other possible ways?

> Anything which requires a page table lookup to obtain the physical
> address is just not acceptable - that requires taking locks and other
> messy things, plus is grossly inefficient.

Best Regards,
Mac Lin
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