mardi 28 avril 2015

Disable Cache/Buffer on Specific File (Linux)

I am currently working in a Yocto Linux build and am trying to interface with a hardware block on an FPGA. This block is imitating an SD card with a FAT16 file system on it; containing a single file (cam.raw). This file represents the shared memory space between the FPGA and the linux system. As such, I want to be able to write data from the linux system to this memory and get back any changes the FPGA might make (Currently, the FPGA simply takes part of the data from the memory space and adds 6 to the LSB of a 32-bit word, like I write 0x40302010 and should get back 0x40302016 if I read back the data). However, due to some caching somewhere, while I can write the data to the FPGA, I cannot immediately get back the result.

I am currently doing something like this (using python because its easy):

% mount /dev/mmcblk1 /memstick
% python
>> import mmap
>> import os
>> f = os.open("/memstick/cam.raw", os.O_RDWR | os.O_DIRECT)
>> m = mmap.mmap(f, 0)
>> for i in xrange(1024):
...  m[i] = chr(i % 256)
...
>> m.flush() # Make sure data goes from linux to FPGA
>> hex(ord(m[0])) # Should be 0x6
'0x0'

I can confirm with dd that the data is changed (though I frequently run into buffering issues with that too) and using the tools for the FPGA (SignalTap/ChipScope) that I am indeed getting correct answer (ie, the first 32-bit word in this case is 0x03020106). However, someone, whether its python or linux or both are buffering the file and not reading from the "SD card" (FPGA) again and storing the file data in memory. I need to shut this completely off so all reads result in reads from the FPGA; but Im not sure where the buffering is taking place or how to do that.

Any insight would be appreciated! (Note, I can use mmap.flush() to take any data I write from python to dump it to the FPGA, but I need like a reverse flush or something to have it reread the file data into the mmap!)

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