[PATCH 0/9] TI DMM-TILER driver

Arnd Bergmann arnd at arndb.de
Thu Dec 16 09:43:48 PST 2010

On Thursday 16 December 2010 18:37:38 David Sin wrote:
> I'm not sure exactly how DRM/GEM works..  What functionality do you think is 
> overlapping?  The main feature, aside from reduced page accesses, of the DMM 
> hw block is to provide physically contiguous 2 dimensional memory blocks for 
> image and video processing.  This hw sits between the interconnect and the 
> ext memory interface in the OMAP, and contains an MMU-like address traslator 
> for "virtually" physically contiguous memory and sdram pages.

As far as I can tell, both DMM and GEM at a high level manage objects
in video memory. The IOMMU that you have on the Omap hardware seems
to resemble the GART that sits between PC-style video cards and main

I don't know any details, but google quickly finds
http://lwn.net/Articles/283798/ with a description of the
initial GEM design. My main thought when looking over the
DMM code was that this should not be tied too closely to a
specific hardware, and GEM seems to be an existing abstraction
that may fit what you need.


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