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SubjectRe: [RFC 3/3] mm: iommu: The Virtual Contiguous Memory Manager
On Fri, Jul 02, 2010 at 12:09:02AM -0700, Zach Pfeffer wrote:
> Hari Kanigeri wrote:
> >> He demonstrated the usage of his code in one of the emails he sent out
> >> initially. Did you go over that, and what (or how many) step would you
> >> use with the current code to do the same thing?
> >
> > -- So is this patch set adding layers and abstractions to help the User ?
> >
> > If the idea is to share some memory across multiple devices, I guess
> > you can achieve the same by calling the map function provided by iommu
> > module and sharing the mapped address to the 10's or 100's of devices
> > to access the buffers. You would only need a dedicated virtual pool
> > per IOMMU device to manage its virtual memory allocations.
> Yeah, you can do that. My idea is to get away from explicit addressing
> and encapsulate the "device address to physical address" link into a
> mapping.

The DMA-API already does this with the help of IOMMUs if they are
present. What is the benefit of your approach over that?


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