In order to provide the communication between a program running on Linux and the hardware in the FPGA, a Linux device driver can help.

The driver should provide all the APIs required for the communication including:

1- Reading and writing into registers in hardware

2-Memory allocation to be shared between hardware and software

3-Interrupt handling

The device driver code provided [here] provide such APIs.

In this code:

1- Reading and writing hardware registers are done using ioctl command.

2- The mmap function provided for contiguous memory allocation. The memory can be cacheable or not.

3-interrupt APIs provided to inform the software of finished tasks in the harware

More details of how to use this drive will be explained in the next blogs.

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