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Reserve DDR memory block

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Senior Contributor I

Hi.

I'm doing an application where an external chip will use PCIe bus to store data in i.MX6's DDR memory.

What is the best way to reserve a block of RAM, so Linux can't use this space.

My application (running in the i.MX6) will read the data from this reserved memory location and to do some processing.

I'm trying to update my .dtsi file with:

memory {
   reg = <0x10000000 0x40000000>;
};

reserved-memory {
   #address-cells = <1>;
   #size-cells = <1>;
   ranges;
   dma_reserved: pciebuffer@4ff00000 {
      reg = <0x4ff00000 0x100000>;
   };
};

1. How do I see that this is reserved when running linux (I can only see if I add no-map).

2. If I use no-map, will this memory access be cached when the application tries to read from the DDR?

Thanks,

Niklas

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NXP TechSupport

Hi Niklas

please look at linux documentation:

https://www.kernel.org/doc/Documentation/devicetree/bindings/reserved-memory/reserved-memory.txt 

Xilinx Wiki - Linux Reserved Memory 

Best regards
igor
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Senior Contributor I

Hi Igor.

I followed this before but I can't tell if it takes or not.

I check with cat /proc/iomem

but it doesn't show the reserved area there (if I use no-map) then it shows a gap in 

System RAM.

I can see that the reserved-memory shows up in 

/proc/device-tree/reserved-memory/

So would this guarantee that the Linux OS won't put anything in that area?

Thanks,

Niklas

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NXP TechSupport
NXP TechSupport

Hi Niklas

this may depend on used kernel, suggest to post on kernel mail list

Majordomo Lists at VGER.KERNEL.ORG 

Best regards
igor

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