ARM DMA Zones (coherent memory pool)

Tom St Denis tstdenis at
Tue Jan 22 07:36:13 EST 2013

Hi all,

I was wondering if there was a proper way of instructing the init code (atomic_pool_init) for the DMA coherent subsystem to point to a fixed location instead of using alloc_pages()?

I ask because on our system (Zynq702/706 boards) DDR has a high latency (~25-30 cycles) whereas FPGA memory can be much quicker.  What I'd like to do is create a 256Kbyte memory in FPGA BRAMs and then have the CPU point at it for the DMA zone.

Is that at all possible through a simple kernel cmdline or patch?


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