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SubjectRe: Aliasing physical memory using virtual memory (from a d
Petr Vandrovec wrote:

> On 17 Sep 03 at 19:36, Stevie-O wrote:
>>My thinking is this: I want to use __get_free_pages(1) 80 times to get the
>>160 pages, then passed those 80 pieces to the card (it's known the card can
>>handle requests with that many pieces). Then I want to create a *virtually*
>>contiguous 160-page mapping, so the postprocessing code in the driver can
>>view the 80 2-page sub-buffers as one big consecutive 160-page buffer.
>>Doing this would (a) make for more efficient use of memory, and (b) leave
>>the larger piles of contiguous pages to the drivers of cards that actually
>>require them.
> If you'll use __get_free_pages(0) 160 times, you should be able to use
> vmap() in 2.[456].x.
Actually, I specified __get_free_pages(1) 80 times because I don't know if the
card's SG can actually support 160 separate buffers (I'm certain it can do at
least 80 though).

I grepped my 2.4 kernel source for 'vmap' and the only results that seemed
meaningful were vmap_pte_range or vmap_pmd_range in mips/mm/umap.c and
mips64/mm/umap.c. Is this documented somewhere? I suffer from the 'i'm new at
this, but this looks possible' syndrome. I don't actually know how anything is

Btw, am I right about kmalloc(35000) effectively grabbing 64K?

> I must say that I do not understand why it checks for
> size > (max_mapnr << PAGE_SHIFT) in 2.4.x, or for count > num_physpages
> in 2.6.x (as there is nothing wrong with mapping same page several
> thousand times, or is it bad? with 32MB host you have plenty of
> unused VA space in the kernel...), but it should not hurt you as you
> need distinct physical pages.
> On other side, maybe that using SG even for driver operations is not
> that complicated. Do not forget that on bigmem boxes you have only
> 128MB area for vmalloc/vmap/ioremap, so you can quickly find that
> there is not 640KB continuous area available.

- Stevie-O

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