Luigi 'Comio' Mantellini Wrote:
> I need to allocate a huge contiguous buffer (~6MByte) shared with a
> (a packet processor). Which is the best place and the best way to do
> The main problem is that using a simple kmalloc at module init time
there isn't sufficient
> contiguous memory to cover the request. I should use (I suppose) the
> macros but I'm not sure where is the best place to reserve my memory.
For now I defined
> a global bad huge vector... but I'm not happy for this solution...
I have seen a similar need and allocate driver buffers from the bootmem
if you use Highmem you might prefer to use memory in high memory since
the low memory
is limited. This presents a problem since the bootmem allocator does not
in the high memory zone.
I am currently working on a extremely simple allocation method for
allocating large driver buffers
early (say after paging_init() and sparse_init() but before mem_init() )
for exactly this
I'm wondering if anyone else out there has run into these problems and
how they solved them.
up to now, we have blindly carved off a huge chunk of the highmemory and
driver to allocate the driver memory resource at compile time. (via a
big ugly struct with lots of
magic numbers the drivers map (kmap) these memory areas in separately).
This error prone a best and
is problematic since each version of our box has different resource
needs (and we want just one
kernel). Thus the need for runtime allocation of such resources.
Luigi, are you running w/ highmem enabled? if not I suggest just using
the bootmem allocator.
we call a function called platform_alloc_bootmem() which is in our
platform specific code, it is
called just after (or at the end of) the bootmem_init() function in the
setup.c (after they reserve
space for the initrd and kernel).
there is another function called resource_init() which I think could be
a good place for you to
make a call to some platform_specific resource allocation function.
(one other question: is any of that resource --from resrouce.c-- used in
the mips code?)
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