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Re: rbuf starvation in the iwn driver

On Wed, Apr 07, 2010 at 08:30:00PM -0600, Sverre Froyen wrote:
> > If you want memory you can DMA to/from, I think you need to use
> > bus_dmamem_alloc().
> Yes, reading the man page for bus_dmamap_load etc. I see that is required. Is 
> this a requirement for NetBSD but not for OpenBSD? Look at this code fragment 
> from the OpenBSD iwn driver:

it's not required in NetBSD if the proper bus_dma operations are used
on the memory, but it can improve performances.
bus_dmamem_alloc() return dma-safe memory, in the sense that it should
not require e.g. bounce buffers.
If you're doing the dma to arbitrary memory, the bus_dma call will check if
it's dma_safe and if it's not, will allocate bounce buffers and
copy data from/to it.

Manuel Bouyer <>
     NetBSD: 26 ans d'experience feront toujours la difference

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