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               Dynamic DMA mapping using the generic device
               ============================================

        James E.J. Bottomley <James.Bottomley@HansenPartnership.com>

This document describes the DMA API.  For a more gentle introduction
phrased in terms of the pci_ equivalents (and actual examples) see
DMA-mapping.txt

This API is split into two pieces.  Part I describes the API and the
corresponding pci_ API.  Part II describes the extensions to the API
for supporting non-consistent memory machines.  Unless you know that
your driver absolutely has to support non-consistent platforms (this
is usually only legacy platforms) you should only use the API
described in part I.

Part I - pci_ and dma_ Equivalent API 
-------------------------------------

To get the pci_ API, you must #include <linux/pci.h>
To get the dma_ API, you must #include <linux/dma-mapping.h>


Part Ia - Using large dma-coherent buffers
------------------------------------------

void *
dma_alloc_coherent(struct device *dev, size_t size,
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			     dma_addr_t *dma_handle, gfp_t flag)
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void *
pci_alloc_consistent(struct pci_dev *dev, size_t size,
			     dma_addr_t *dma_handle)

Consistent memory is memory for which a write by either the device or
the processor can immediately be read by the processor or device
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without having to worry about caching effects.  (You may however need
to make sure to flush the processor's write buffers before telling
devices to read that memory.)
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This routine allocates a region of <size> bytes of consistent memory.
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It also returns a <dma_handle> which may be cast to an unsigned
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integer the same width as the bus and used as the physical address
base of the region.

Returns: a pointer to the allocated region (in the processor's virtual
address space) or NULL if the allocation failed.

Note: consistent memory can be expensive on some platforms, and the
minimum allocation length may be as big as a page, so you should
consolidate your requests for consistent memory as much as possible.
The simplest way to do that is to use the dma_pool calls (see below).

The flag parameter (dma_alloc_coherent only) allows the caller to
specify the GFP_ flags (see kmalloc) for the allocation (the
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implementation may choose to ignore flags that affect the location of
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the returned memory, like GFP_DMA).  For pci_alloc_consistent, you
must assume GFP_ATOMIC behaviour.

void
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dma_free_coherent(struct device *dev, size_t size, void *cpu_addr,
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			   dma_addr_t dma_handle)
void
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pci_free_consistent(struct pci_dev *dev, size_t size, void *cpu_addr,
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			   dma_addr_t dma_handle)

Free the region of consistent memory you previously allocated.  dev,
size and dma_handle must all be the same as those passed into the
consistent allocate.  cpu_addr must be the virtual address returned by
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the consistent allocate.
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Note that unlike their sibling allocation calls, these routines
may only be called with IRQs enabled.

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Part Ib - Using small dma-coherent buffers
------------------------------------------

To get this part of the dma_ API, you must #include <linux/dmapool.h>

Many drivers need lots of small dma-coherent memory regions for DMA
descriptors or I/O buffers.  Rather than allocating in units of a page
or more using dma_alloc_coherent(), you can use DMA pools.  These work
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much like a struct kmem_cache, except that they use the dma-coherent allocator,
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not __get_free_pages().  Also, they understand common hardware constraints
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for alignment, like queue heads needing to be aligned on N-byte boundaries.
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	struct dma_pool *
	dma_pool_create(const char *name, struct device *dev,
			size_t size, size_t align, size_t alloc);

	struct pci_pool *
	pci_pool_create(const char *name, struct pci_device *dev,
			size_t size, size_t align, size_t alloc);

The pool create() routines initialize a pool of dma-coherent buffers
for use with a given device.  It must be called in a context which
can sleep.

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The "name" is for diagnostics (like a struct kmem_cache name); dev and size
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are like what you'd pass to dma_alloc_coherent().  The device's hardware
alignment requirement for this type of data is "align" (which is expressed
in bytes, and must be a power of two).  If your device has no boundary
crossing restrictions, pass 0 for alloc; passing 4096 says memory allocated
from this pool must not cross 4KByte boundaries.


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	void *dma_pool_alloc(struct dma_pool *pool, gfp_t gfp_flags,
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			dma_addr_t *dma_handle);

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	void *pci_pool_alloc(struct pci_pool *pool, gfp_t gfp_flags,
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			dma_addr_t *dma_handle);

This allocates memory from the pool; the returned memory will meet the size
and alignment requirements specified at creation time.  Pass GFP_ATOMIC to
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prevent blocking, or if it's permitted (not in_interrupt, not holding SMP locks),
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pass GFP_KERNEL to allow blocking.  Like dma_alloc_coherent(), this returns
two values:  an address usable by the cpu, and the dma address usable by the
pool's device.


	void dma_pool_free(struct dma_pool *pool, void *vaddr,
			dma_addr_t addr);

	void pci_pool_free(struct pci_pool *pool, void *vaddr,
			dma_addr_t addr);

This puts memory back into the pool.  The pool is what was passed to
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the pool allocation routine; the cpu (vaddr) and dma addresses are what
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were returned when that routine allocated the memory being freed.


	void dma_pool_destroy(struct dma_pool *pool);

	void pci_pool_destroy(struct pci_pool *pool);

The pool destroy() routines free the resources of the pool.  They must be
called in a context which can sleep.  Make sure you've freed all allocated
memory back to the pool before you destroy it.


Part Ic - DMA addressing limitations
------------------------------------

int
dma_supported(struct device *dev, u64 mask)
int
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pci_dma_supported(struct pci_dev *hwdev, u64 mask)
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Checks to see if the device can support DMA to the memory described by
mask.

Returns: 1 if it can and 0 if it can't.

Notes: This routine merely tests to see if the mask is possible.  It
won't change the current mask settings.  It is more intended as an
internal API for use by the platform than an external API for use by
driver writers.

int
dma_set_mask(struct device *dev, u64 mask)
int
pci_set_dma_mask(struct pci_device *dev, u64 mask)

Checks to see if the mask is possible and updates the device
parameters if it is.

Returns: 0 if successful and a negative error if not.

u64
dma_get_required_mask(struct device *dev)

After setting the mask with dma_set_mask(), this API returns the
actual mask (within that already set) that the platform actually
requires to operate efficiently.  Usually this means the returned mask
is the minimum required to cover all of memory.  Examining the
required mask gives drivers with variable descriptor sizes the
opportunity to use smaller descriptors as necessary.

Requesting the required mask does not alter the current mask.  If you
wish to take advantage of it, you should issue another dma_set_mask()
call to lower the mask again.


Part Id - Streaming DMA mappings
--------------------------------

dma_addr_t
dma_map_single(struct device *dev, void *cpu_addr, size_t size,
		      enum dma_data_direction direction)
dma_addr_t
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pci_map_single(struct pci_dev *hwdev, void *cpu_addr, size_t size,
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		      int direction)

Maps a piece of processor virtual memory so it can be accessed by the
device and returns the physical handle of the memory.

The direction for both api's may be converted freely by casting.
However the dma_ API uses a strongly typed enumerator for its
direction:

DMA_NONE		= PCI_DMA_NONE		no direction (used for
						debugging)
DMA_TO_DEVICE		= PCI_DMA_TODEVICE	data is going from the
						memory to the device
DMA_FROM_DEVICE		= PCI_DMA_FROMDEVICE	data is coming from
						the device to the
						memory
DMA_BIDIRECTIONAL	= PCI_DMA_BIDIRECTIONAL	direction isn't known

Notes:  Not all memory regions in a machine can be mapped by this
API.  Further, regions that appear to be physically contiguous in
kernel virtual space may not be contiguous as physical memory.  Since
this API does not provide any scatter/gather capability, it will fail
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if the user tries to map a non-physically contiguous piece of memory.
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For this reason, it is recommended that memory mapped by this API be
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obtained only from sources which guarantee it to be physically contiguous
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(like kmalloc).

Further, the physical address of the memory must be within the
dma_mask of the device (the dma_mask represents a bit mask of the
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addressable region for the device.  I.e., if the physical address of
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the memory anded with the dma_mask is still equal to the physical
address, then the device can perform DMA to the memory).  In order to
ensure that the memory allocated by kmalloc is within the dma_mask,
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the driver may specify various platform-dependent flags to restrict
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the physical memory range of the allocation (e.g. on x86, GFP_DMA
guarantees to be within the first 16Mb of available physical memory,
as required by ISA devices).

Note also that the above constraints on physical contiguity and
dma_mask may not apply if the platform has an IOMMU (a device which
supplies a physical to virtual mapping between the I/O memory bus and
the device).  However, to be portable, device driver writers may *not*
assume that such an IOMMU exists.

Warnings:  Memory coherency operates at a granularity called the cache
line width.  In order for memory mapped by this API to operate
correctly, the mapped region must begin exactly on a cache line
boundary and end exactly on one (to prevent two separately mapped
regions from sharing a single cache line).  Since the cache line size
may not be known at compile time, the API will not enforce this
requirement.  Therefore, it is recommended that driver writers who
don't take special care to determine the cache line size at run time
only map virtual regions that begin and end on page boundaries (which
are guaranteed also to be cache line boundaries).

DMA_TO_DEVICE synchronisation must be done after the last modification
of the memory region by the software and before it is handed off to
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the driver.  Once this primitive is used, memory covered by this
primitive should be treated as read-only by the device.  If the device
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may write to it at any point, it should be DMA_BIDIRECTIONAL (see
below).

DMA_FROM_DEVICE synchronisation must be done before the driver
accesses data that may be changed by the device.  This memory should
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be treated as read-only by the driver.  If the driver needs to write
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to it at any point, it should be DMA_BIDIRECTIONAL (see below).

DMA_BIDIRECTIONAL requires special handling: it means that the driver
isn't sure if the memory was modified before being handed off to the
device and also isn't sure if the device will also modify it.  Thus,
you must always sync bidirectional memory twice: once before the
memory is handed off to the device (to make sure all memory changes
are flushed from the processor) and once before the data may be
accessed after being used by the device (to make sure any processor
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cache lines are updated with data that the device may have changed).
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void
dma_unmap_single(struct device *dev, dma_addr_t dma_addr, size_t size,
		 enum dma_data_direction direction)
void
pci_unmap_single(struct pci_dev *hwdev, dma_addr_t dma_addr,
		 size_t size, int direction)

Unmaps the region previously mapped.  All the parameters passed in
must be identical to those passed in (and returned) by the mapping
API.

dma_addr_t
dma_map_page(struct device *dev, struct page *page,
		    unsigned long offset, size_t size,
		    enum dma_data_direction direction)
dma_addr_t
pci_map_page(struct pci_dev *hwdev, struct page *page,
		    unsigned long offset, size_t size, int direction)
void
dma_unmap_page(struct device *dev, dma_addr_t dma_address, size_t size,
	       enum dma_data_direction direction)
void
pci_unmap_page(struct pci_dev *hwdev, dma_addr_t dma_address,
	       size_t size, int direction)

API for mapping and unmapping for pages.  All the notes and warnings
for the other mapping APIs apply here.  Also, although the <offset>
and <size> parameters are provided to do partial page mapping, it is
recommended that you never use these unless you really know what the
cache width is.

int
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dma_mapping_error(struct device *dev, dma_addr_t dma_addr)
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int
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pci_dma_mapping_error(struct pci_dev *hwdev, dma_addr_t dma_addr)
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In some circumstances dma_map_single and dma_map_page will fail to create
a mapping. A driver can check for these errors by testing the returned
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dma address with dma_mapping_error(). A non-zero return value means the mapping
could not be created and the driver should take appropriate action (e.g.
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reduce current DMA mapping usage or delay and try again later).

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	int
	dma_map_sg(struct device *dev, struct scatterlist *sg,
		int nents, enum dma_data_direction direction)
	int
	pci_map_sg(struct pci_dev *hwdev, struct scatterlist *sg,
		int nents, int direction)
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Maps a scatter gather list from the block layer.

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Returns: the number of physical segments mapped (this may be shorter
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than <nents> passed in if the block layer determines that some
elements of the scatter/gather list are physically adjacent and thus
may be mapped with a single entry).

Please note that the sg cannot be mapped again if it has been mapped once.
The mapping process is allowed to destroy information in the sg.

As with the other mapping interfaces, dma_map_sg can fail. When it
does, 0 is returned and a driver must take appropriate action. It is
critical that the driver do something, in the case of a block driver
aborting the request or even oopsing is better than doing nothing and
corrupting the filesystem.

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With scatterlists, you use the resulting mapping like this:

	int i, count = dma_map_sg(dev, sglist, nents, direction);
	struct scatterlist *sg;

	for (i = 0, sg = sglist; i < count; i++, sg++) {
		hw_address[i] = sg_dma_address(sg);
		hw_len[i] = sg_dma_len(sg);
	}

where nents is the number of entries in the sglist.

The implementation is free to merge several consecutive sglist entries
into one (e.g. with an IOMMU, or if several pages just happen to be
physically contiguous) and returns the actual number of sg entries it
mapped them to. On failure 0, is returned.

Then you should loop count times (note: this can be less than nents times)
and use sg_dma_address() and sg_dma_len() macros where you previously
accessed sg->address and sg->length as shown above.

	void
	dma_unmap_sg(struct device *dev, struct scatterlist *sg,
		int nhwentries, enum dma_data_direction direction)
	void
	pci_unmap_sg(struct pci_dev *hwdev, struct scatterlist *sg,
		int nents, int direction)
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Unmap the previously mapped scatter/gather list.  All the parameters
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must be the same as those and passed in to the scatter/gather mapping
API.

Note: <nents> must be the number you passed in, *not* the number of
physical entries returned.

void
dma_sync_single(struct device *dev, dma_addr_t dma_handle, size_t size,
		enum dma_data_direction direction)
void
pci_dma_sync_single(struct pci_dev *hwdev, dma_addr_t dma_handle,
			   size_t size, int direction)
void
dma_sync_sg(struct device *dev, struct scatterlist *sg, int nelems,
			  enum dma_data_direction direction)
void
pci_dma_sync_sg(struct pci_dev *hwdev, struct scatterlist *sg,
		       int nelems, int direction)

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Synchronise a single contiguous or scatter/gather mapping.  All the
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parameters must be the same as those passed into the single mapping
API.

Notes:  You must do this:

- Before reading values that have been written by DMA from the device
  (use the DMA_FROM_DEVICE direction)
- After writing values that will be written to the device using DMA
  (use the DMA_TO_DEVICE) direction
- before *and* after handing memory to the device if the memory is
  DMA_BIDIRECTIONAL

See also dma_map_single().

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dma_addr_t
dma_map_single_attrs(struct device *dev, void *cpu_addr, size_t size,
		     enum dma_data_direction dir,
		     struct dma_attrs *attrs)

void
dma_unmap_single_attrs(struct device *dev, dma_addr_t dma_addr,
		       size_t size, enum dma_data_direction dir,
		       struct dma_attrs *attrs)

int
dma_map_sg_attrs(struct device *dev, struct scatterlist *sgl,
		 int nents, enum dma_data_direction dir,
		 struct dma_attrs *attrs)

void
dma_unmap_sg_attrs(struct device *dev, struct scatterlist *sgl,
		   int nents, enum dma_data_direction dir,
		   struct dma_attrs *attrs)

The four functions above are just like the counterpart functions
without the _attrs suffixes, except that they pass an optional
struct dma_attrs*.

struct dma_attrs encapsulates a set of "dma attributes". For the
definition of struct dma_attrs see linux/dma-attrs.h.

The interpretation of dma attributes is architecture-specific, and
each attribute should be documented in Documentation/DMA-attributes.txt.

If struct dma_attrs* is NULL, the semantics of each of these
functions is identical to those of the corresponding function
without the _attrs suffix. As a result dma_map_single_attrs()
can generally replace dma_map_single(), etc.

As an example of the use of the *_attrs functions, here's how
you could pass an attribute DMA_ATTR_FOO when mapping memory
for DMA:

#include <linux/dma-attrs.h>
/* DMA_ATTR_FOO should be defined in linux/dma-attrs.h and
 * documented in Documentation/DMA-attributes.txt */
...

	DEFINE_DMA_ATTRS(attrs);
	dma_set_attr(DMA_ATTR_FOO, &attrs);
	....
	n = dma_map_sg_attrs(dev, sg, nents, DMA_TO_DEVICE, &attr);
	....

Architectures that care about DMA_ATTR_FOO would check for its
presence in their implementations of the mapping and unmapping
routines, e.g.:

void whizco_dma_map_sg_attrs(struct device *dev, dma_addr_t dma_addr,
			     size_t size, enum dma_data_direction dir,
			     struct dma_attrs *attrs)
{
	....
	int foo =  dma_get_attr(DMA_ATTR_FOO, attrs);
	....
	if (foo)
		/* twizzle the frobnozzle */
	....

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Part II - Advanced dma_ usage
-----------------------------

Warning: These pieces of the DMA API have no PCI equivalent.  They
should also not be used in the majority of cases, since they cater for
unlikely corner cases that don't belong in usual drivers.

If you don't understand how cache line coherency works between a
processor and an I/O device, you should not be using this part of the
API at all.

void *
dma_alloc_noncoherent(struct device *dev, size_t size,
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			       dma_addr_t *dma_handle, gfp_t flag)
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Identical to dma_alloc_coherent() except that the platform will
choose to return either consistent or non-consistent memory as it sees
fit.  By using this API, you are guaranteeing to the platform that you
have all the correct and necessary sync points for this memory in the
driver should it choose to return non-consistent memory.

Note: where the platform can return consistent memory, it will
guarantee that the sync points become nops.

Warning:  Handling non-consistent memory is a real pain.  You should
only ever use this API if you positively know your driver will be
required to work on one of the rare (usually non-PCI) architectures
that simply cannot make consistent memory.

void
dma_free_noncoherent(struct device *dev, size_t size, void *cpu_addr,
			      dma_addr_t dma_handle)

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Free memory allocated by the nonconsistent API.  All parameters must
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be identical to those passed in (and returned by
dma_alloc_noncoherent()).

int
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Returns true if the device dev is performing consistent DMA on the memory
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area pointed to by the dma_handle.
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int
dma_get_cache_alignment(void)

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Returns the processor cache alignment.  This is the absolute minimum
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alignment *and* width that you must observe when either mapping
memory or doing partial flushes.

Notes: This API may return a number *larger* than the actual cache
line, but it will guarantee that one or more cache lines fit exactly
into the width returned by this call.  It will also always be a power
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of two for easy alignment.
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void
dma_sync_single_range(struct device *dev, dma_addr_t dma_handle,
		      unsigned long offset, size_t size,
		      enum dma_data_direction direction)

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Does a partial sync, starting at offset and continuing for size.  You
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must be careful to observe the cache alignment and width when doing
anything like this.  You must also be extra careful about accessing
memory you intend to sync partially.

void
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dma_cache_sync(struct device *dev, void *vaddr, size_t size,
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	       enum dma_data_direction direction)

Do a partial sync of memory that was allocated by
dma_alloc_noncoherent(), starting at virtual address vaddr and
continuing on for size.  Again, you *must* observe the cache line
boundaries when doing this.

int
dma_declare_coherent_memory(struct device *dev, dma_addr_t bus_addr,
			    dma_addr_t device_addr, size_t size, int
			    flags)

Declare region of memory to be handed out by dma_alloc_coherent when
it's asked for coherent memory for this device.

bus_addr is the physical address to which the memory is currently
assigned in the bus responding region (this will be used by the
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platform to perform the mapping).
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device_addr is the physical address the device needs to be programmed
with actually to address this memory (this will be handed out as the
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dma_addr_t in dma_alloc_coherent()).
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size is the size of the area (must be multiples of PAGE_SIZE).

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flags can be or'd together and are:
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DMA_MEMORY_MAP - request that the memory returned from
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dma_alloc_coherent() be directly writable.
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DMA_MEMORY_IO - request that the memory returned from
dma_alloc_coherent() be addressable using read/write/memcpy_toio etc.

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One or both of these flags must be present.
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DMA_MEMORY_INCLUDES_CHILDREN - make the declared memory be allocated by
dma_alloc_coherent of any child devices of this one (for memory residing
on a bridge).

DMA_MEMORY_EXCLUSIVE - only allocate memory from the declared regions. 
Do not allow dma_alloc_coherent() to fall back to system memory when
it's out of memory in the declared region.

The return value will be either DMA_MEMORY_MAP or DMA_MEMORY_IO and
must correspond to a passed in flag (i.e. no returning DMA_MEMORY_IO
if only DMA_MEMORY_MAP were passed in) for success or zero for
failure.

Note, for DMA_MEMORY_IO returns, all subsequent memory returned by
dma_alloc_coherent() may no longer be accessed directly, but instead
must be accessed using the correct bus functions.  If your driver
isn't prepared to handle this contingency, it should not specify
DMA_MEMORY_IO in the input flags.

As a simplification for the platforms, only *one* such region of
memory may be declared per device.

For reasons of efficiency, most platforms choose to track the declared
region only at the granularity of a page.  For smaller allocations,
you should use the dma_pool() API.

void
dma_release_declared_memory(struct device *dev)

Remove the memory region previously declared from the system.  This
API performs *no* in-use checking for this region and will return
unconditionally having removed all the required structures.  It is the
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driver's job to ensure that no parts of this memory region are
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currently in use.

void *
dma_mark_declared_memory_occupied(struct device *dev,
				  dma_addr_t device_addr, size_t size)

This is used to occupy specific regions of the declared space
(dma_alloc_coherent() will hand out the first free region it finds).

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device_addr is the *device* address of the region requested.
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size is the size (and should be a page-sized multiple).
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The return value will be either a pointer to the processor virtual
address of the memory, or an error (via PTR_ERR()) if any part of the
region is occupied.