Re: busmaster question

From: Russell King (
Date: Sat Apr 28 2001 - 03:25:05 EST

On Sat, Apr 28, 2001 at 01:27:30AM -0500, daniel sheltraw wrote:
> I have a busmaster question I am hoping you can help me with.
> If a PCI device is acting as a busmaster and the processor initiates a
> read/write to another device on the PCI bus while the busmater-device is in
> control of the bus what happens to the instructions initiated by the
> processor? Are they never seen by the device that the processor
> is trying to read/write?

The access by the processor is delayed until the PCI arbiter allows the
CPU access to the PCI bus (how long depends on all sorts of things which
I won't go into, but its not necessarily held off until the end of the
busmaster transfer).

Russell King (                The developer of ARM Linux

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