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SubjectRe: Reserving a fixed physical address page of RAM.
On 28/11/06, Fawad Lateef <> wrote:
> On 11/28/06, Dave Airlie <> wrote:
> > On 11/28/06, Jon Ringle <> wrote:
> <snip>
> > > It looks promising, however, I need to reserve a physical address area
> > > that is well known (so that the code running on the other processor
> > > knows where in PCI memory to write to). It appears that
> > > dma_alloc_coherent returns the address that it allocated. Instead I need
> > > something where I can tell it what physical address and range I want to use.
> > >
> >
> > I've seen other projects just boot a 128M board with mem=120M and just
> > use the 8MB at 120 to talk to the other processor..
> >
> Yes, this can be used if required physical-memory exists in the last
> part of RAM as if you use mem=<xxxM> then kernel will only use memory
> less than or equal-to <xxxM> and above can be used by drivers (or any
> kernel module) might be through ioremap which takes physical-address.
> But if lets say we need only 1MB portion of specific physical-memory
> region then AFAIK it must be done by hacking in kernel code during
> memory-initialization (mem_init function) where it is marking/checking
> pages as/are reserved; you can simply mark you required pages as
> reserved too and set their count to some-value if you want to know
> later which pages are reserved by you. (can do this reservation work
> here:

Can you not use the 'memmap=' kernel option to reserve the specific
area you need?
(See Documentation/kernel-parameters.txt for details)

Jesper Juhl <>
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