Showing posts from January, 2012

C code optimization benchmark

Can you believe that the code above can be optimized to run 14 times faster on Intel Core i7 CPU and to run 40 times faster on AMD Athlon X2?

#define X_SIZE60
#define Y_SIZE30
int matrix[X_SIZE][Y_SIZE];
void initmatrix(void)
int x,y;
for (x = 0; x < X_SIZE; ++x){
for (y = 0; y < Y_SIZE; ++y){
matrix[x][y] = -1;
void main()
Check my post:C code optimization benchmark

Writing device drivers in Linux: A brief tutorial - Compiling Errors and Warnings

The article:

Writing device drivers in Linux: A brief tutorial

Is a great starting point for Linux Kernel Development but it needs some simple updates. The first error you will find when compiling is:

/home/peter/devel/kdpeter/2012/bricks/original-post/memory.c:3:26: fatal error: linux/config.h: No such file or directory compilation terminated.

To fix, remove the line from the source code:
#include <linux/config.h> Then some warnings:
/home/peter/devel/kdpeter/2012/bricks/original-post/memory.c:28:3: warning: initialization from incompatible pointer type [enabled by default]
/home/peter/devel/kdpeter/2012/bricks/original-post/memory.c:28:3: warning: (near initialization for ‘memory_fops.write’) [enabled by default]
/home/peter/devel/kdpeter/2012/bricks/original-post/memory.c: In function ‘memory_write’:
/home/peter/devel/kdpeter/2012/bricks/original-post/memory.c:110:17: warning: ignoring return value of ‘copy_from_user’, declared with attribute warn_unused_result [-Wunused-resul…

Creating Linux Kernel Module made easy

Can you believe that a two line C source code can become a Linux module?

$ cat simplest_module.c
#include <linux/module.h>
$ cat Makefile
obj-m := simplest_module.o
make -C /lib/modules/$(shell uname -r)/build M=$(PWD) modules
make -C /lib/modules/$(shell uname -r)/build M=$(PWD) clean

Just "make". $ make
To install your brand new bogus module: $ sudo insmod simplest_module.ko
The lsmod command show that your module has been loaded:
$ lsmod |grep simplest_module
simplest_module          689  0 To remove the module:
$ sudo rmmod simplest_module It is very simple to create a Linux Kernel Module. If you want more than a do nothing module, follow the links:

Source: Writing device drivers in Linux: A brief tutorial
Recommended: Writing a Simple USB Driver