This is a discussion on Re: Providing access to kernel memory from PCI bus - Kernel ; firstname.lastname@example.org wrote: > I'm developing a PCI driver under linux to communicate with an Intel > IQ80331 which supports PCI boot. To accomplish this, the IQ80331 > needs access to an image stored in the host processor's (AMCC 405GPr) > ...
> I'm developing a PCI driver under linux to communicate with an Intel
> IQ80331 which supports PCI boot. To accomplish this, the IQ80331
> needs access to an image stored in the host processor's (AMCC 405GPr)
> Linux boots, sees the PCI bridge and the address translation unit on
> the IQ80331 (core is held in reset) and calls the probe function my
> driver which retrieves the address allocated to BAR0 and ioremaps it.
> The IQ80331 implements a single BAR which provides access to ATU
> From here, I can configure the IQ80331 through BAR0 to do a long jump
> at boot. According to the dev manual I need to configure the outbound
> window of the ATU so that it translates the jump to host memory where
> my boot image is stored.
> I have kmalloced kernel memory in my driver's ioctl and loaded in the
> image from user space, but I do not understand the process to tell the
> kernel that I want the kmalloced area available for access from PCI
> devices. I assume that I must do this explicitly since allowing
> unrestricted access to kernel memory from PCI space would be a
> security/stabilty concern, yes? But I cannot find the proper kernel
> API calls to do this.
You should likely allocate the memory that you are making available to
the device using dma_alloc_coherent. That will give you a bus address
that points to the memory that you can give to your device.
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