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BALBIR SINGH wrote:

>>
>> There is nothing which avoids us from doing that (there is one reserved
>> pool I remeber right now: the highmem bounce buffering pool, but that
>> one
>> is a special case due to the way Linux does IO in high memory and its
>> only
>> needed on _real_ emergencies --- it will be removed in 2.5, I hope).
>>
>> In general, its a better approach to share the memory and have a unified
>> pool. If a given subsystem is not using its own "reversed" memory,
>> another
>> subsystems can use it.
>>
>> The problem we are seeing now can be fixed even without the reserved
>> pools.
>>
> I agree that is the fair and nice thing to do, but I was talking about
> reserving
> memory for device vs sharing it with a user process, user processes
> can wait,
> their pages can even be swapped out if needed. But for a device that
> is not willing
> to wait (GFP_ATOMIC) say in an interrupt context, this might be a issue.


>
>
> Anyway, how do you plan to solve this ?
> Balbir


I did not realize that highmem was causing this problem you were facing,
anyway my argument
about the pools still holds.

Balbir

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