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Part I Designing Device Drivers for the Oracle Solaris Platform

1.  Overview of Oracle Solaris Device Drivers

2.  Oracle Solaris Kernel and Device Tree

3.  Multithreading

4.  Properties

5.  Managing Events and Queueing Tasks

6.  Driver Autoconfiguration

7.  Device Access: Programmed I/O

8.  Interrupt Handlers

Interrupt Handler Overview

Device Interrupts

High-Level Interrupts

Legacy Interrupts

Standard and Extended Message-Signaled Interrupts

MSI Interrupts

MSI-X Interrupts

Software Interrupts

DDI Interrupt Functions

Interrupt Capability Functions

Interrupt Initialization and Destruction Functions

Priority Management Functions

Soft Interrupt Functions

Interrupt Function Examples

Registering Interrupts

Registering Legacy Interrupts

Registering MSI Interrupts

Interrupt Resource Management

The Interrupt Resource Management Feature

Callback Interfaces

Register a Callback Handler Function

Unregister a Callback Handler Function

Callback Handler Function

Interrupt Request Interfaces

Allocate an Interrupt

Modify Number of Interrupt Vectors Requested

Interrupt Usage and Flexibility

Example Implementation of Interrupt Resource Management

Interrupt Handler Functionality

Handling High-Level Interrupts

High-Level Mutexes

High-Level Interrupt Handling Example

9.  Direct Memory Access (DMA)

10.  Mapping Device and Kernel Memory

11.  Device Context Management

12.  Power Management

13.  Hardening Oracle Solaris Drivers

14.  Layered Driver Interface (LDI)

Part II Designing Specific Kinds of Device Drivers

15.  Drivers for Character Devices

16.  Drivers for Block Devices

17.  SCSI Target Drivers

18.  SCSI Host Bus Adapter Drivers

19.  Drivers for Network Devices

20.  USB Drivers

21.  SR-IOV Drivers

Part III Building a Device Driver

22.  Compiling, Loading, Packaging, and Testing Drivers

23.  Debugging, Testing, and Tuning Device Drivers

24.  Recommended Coding Practices

Part IV Appendixes

A.  Hardware Overview

B.  Summary of Oracle Solaris DDI/DKI Services

C.  Making a Device Driver 64-Bit Ready

D.  Console Frame Buffer Drivers

E.  pci.conf File


DDI Interrupt Functions

The Oracle Solaris OS provides a framework for registering and unregistering interrupts and provides support for Message Signaled Interrupts (MSIs). Interrupt management interfaces enable you to manipulate priorities, capabilities, and interrupt masking, and to obtain pending information.

Interrupt Capability Functions

Use the following functions to obtain interrupt information:


Returns the number of interrupts available for a specified hardware device and interrupt type.


Returns the number of interrupts that the device supports for the specified interrupt type.


Returns the hardware interrupt types that are supported by both the device and the host.


Returns interrupt capability flags for the specified interrupt.

Interrupt Initialization and Destruction Functions

Use the following functions to create and remove interrupts:


Allocates system resources and interrupt vectors for the specified type of interrupt.


Releases the system resources and interrupt vectors for a specified interrupt handle.


Sets the capability of the specified interrupt through the use of the DDI_INTR_FLAG_LEVEL and DDI_INTR_FLAG_EDGE flags.


Adds an interrupt handler.


Use with MSI-X only. Copies an address and data pair for an allocated interrupt vector to an unused interrupt vector on the same device.


Removes the specified interrupt handler.


Enables the specified interrupt.


Disables the specified interrupt.


Use with MSI only. Enables the specified range of interrupts.


Use with MSI only. Disables the specified range of interrupts.


Sets an interrupt mask if the specified interrupt is enabled.


Clears an interrupt mask if the specified interrupt is enabled.


Reads the interrupt pending bit if such a bit is supported by either the host bridge or the device.

Priority Management Functions

Use the following functions to obtain and set priority information:


Returns the current software priority setting for the specified interrupt.


Sets the interrupt priority level for the specified interrupt.


Returns the minimum priority level for a high-level interrupt.

Soft Interrupt Functions

Use the following functions to manipulate soft interrupts and soft interrupt handlers:


Adds a soft interrupt handler.


Triggers the specified soft interrupt.


Removes the specified soft interrupt handler.


Returns the soft interrupt priority for the specified interrupt.


Changes the relative soft interrupt priority for the specified soft interrupt.

Interrupt Function Examples

This section provides examples for performing the following tasks:

Example 8-1 Changing Soft Interrupt Priority

Use the ddi_intr_set_softint_pri(9F) function to change the soft interrupt priority to 9.

if (ddi_intr_set_softint_pri(mydev->mydev_softint_hdl, 9) != DDI_SUCCESS)
    cmn_err (CE_WARN, "ddi_intr_set_softint_pri failed");

Example 8-2 Checking for Pending Interrupts

Use the ddi_intr_get_pending(9F) function to check whether an interrupt is pending.

if (ddi_intr_get_pending(mydevp->htable[0], &pending) != DDI_SUCCESS)
    cmn_err(CE_WARN, "ddi_intr_get_pending() failed");
else if (pending)
    cmn_err(CE_NOTE, "ddi_intr_get_pending(): Interrupt pending");

Example 8-3 Setting Interrupt Masks

Use the ddi_intr_set_mask(9F) function to set interrupt masking to prevent the device from receiving interrupts.

if ((ddi_intr_set_mask(mydevp->htable[0]) != DDI_SUCCESS))
    cmn_err(CE_WARN, "ddi_intr_set_mask() failed");

Example 8-4 Clearing Interrupt Masks

Use the ddi_intr_clr_mask(9F) function to clear interrupt masking. The ddi_intr_clr_mask(9F) function fails if the specified interrupt is not enabled. If the ddi_intr_clr_mask(9F) function succeeds, the device starts generating interrupts.

if (ddi_intr_clr_mask(mydevp->htable[0]) != DDI_SUCCESS)
    cmn_err(CE_WARN, "ddi_intr_clr_mask() failed");