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SubjectRe: [RFC][PATCH] add dma_reserve_coherent_memory()/dma_free_reserved_memory() API
On Friday, August 20, 2010 10:17:48 am FUJITA Tomonori wrote:
> On Thu, 19 Aug 2010 18:18:35 +0300
> Marin Mitov <> wrote:
> > struct device contains a member: struct dma_coherent_mem *dma_mem;
> > to hold information for a piece of memory declared dma-coherent.
> > Alternatively the same member could also be used to hold preallocated
> > dma-coherent memory for latter per-device use.
> I think that drivers/base/dma-coherent.c is for architectures to
> implement dma_alloc_coherent(). So using it for drivers doesn't look
> correct.

It depends. Imagine your frame grabber has built-in RAM buffer on board
just as the frame buffer RAM on graphics cards, defined in BAR. You can use
dma_declare_coherent_memory()/dma_release_declared_memory() in
your driver and then use dma_alloc_coherent()/dma_free_coherent()
to allocate dma buffers from it and falling back transparently to system RAM
when this local resource is exhausted.

> > This tric is already used in drivers/staging/dt3155v4l.c
> > dt3155_alloc_coherent()/dt3155_free_coherent()
> >
> > Here proposed for general use by popular demand from video4linux folks.
> > Helps for videobuf-dma-contig framework.
> What you guys exactly want to do? If you just want to pre-allocate
> coherent memory for latter usage,

Yes, just to preallocate not coherent, but rather contiguous memory for latter usage.
We use coherent memory because it turns out to be contiguous.

> why dma_pool API (mm/dmapool.c) doesn't work?

I do not know why dma_pool API doesn't work for frame grabber buffers.
May be they are too big ~400KB. I have tried dma_pool APIs without success
some time ago, so I had to find some other way to solve my problem leading to
the proposed dma_reserve_coherent_memory()/dma_free_reserved_memory().


Marin Mitov

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