RE: Alloc and lock down large amounts of memory

From: Gilad Ben-Yossef (
Date: Wed Aug 21 2002 - 00:29:52 EST

On Tue, 2002-08-20 at 23:08, Bhavana Nagendra wrote:
> >
> > Curiosity: why do you want to do device DMA buffer
> > allocation from userland?
> Gilad, I looked at mm/memory.c and map_user_kiobuf() lets me
> map user memory into kernel memory and pins it down. A scatter
> gatter mapping (say, pci_map_sg()) will create a seemingly
> contiguous buffer for DMA purposes. Does that sound right to you?

Can your device actually use scatter gather (has 'virtual bus addresses'
or can get the buffer in several chunks?) Can the device actually DMA
all the memory in the system?

In short, I have no idea. :-)


Gilad Ben-Yossef <>

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