Ioreamp vs mmap

Prabhunath G gprabhunath at
Tue Sep 6 14:27:51 EDT 2016

mmap() is used for the following.

1. Maps device physical address (device memory or device registers ) to
user virtual address, Of course, the completion of this will happen with
the help of the driver mmap which will actually map the user virtual
address to physical address  with the help of remap_pfn_range().
2. Maps regular file contents to the user virtual address. Most likely used
instead of read(), which is expensive in time in copying data from kernel
    user buffers. Use mmap cautiously, do not append the file after
3. Allocate address region or virtual memory region for the user
application. Can be used instead of malloc(), if you know what you are
         Almost all of the libc file operations uses mmap. To verify, write
an application which uses fprintf or fwrite and check out using strace.

1. maps device physical address(device memory or device registers) to
kernel virtual address


On Tue, Sep 6, 2016 at 8:13 PM, Er Krishna <erkrishna at> wrote:

> > Hi all
> >
> > I am asking this question for understanding purpose:
> >
> > Please help me here:
> >
> > What are the core difference between mmap and ioreamp ?
> >
> > In which scenario one can be used for other and when it can not be ?
> >
> > Thanks
> > Krishna
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Prabhunath G
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