Dissecting Interrupts and Browsing DMA
If you want to go deeper with the topics just described, the best teacher is the source, as usual. Split-half interrupt handlers and task queues are used throughout the mainstream kernel, while the DMA implementation shown here is taken from our ceddrv-0.17, available by ftp from tsx-11.mit.edu.
The next installment will come back to more concrete issues—we realize that both DMA and task queues may appear to be rather esoteric topics. We'll show how mmap() works and how a driver may implement its semantics.
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