Assignment 5 Character special device driver


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EEL 4732/5733 Advanced Systems Programming
Assignment 5
In this assignment you are going to write a character special device driver
by extending the simple driver we studied in class (see slides DDIntro.pptx) in
the following ways:
1. Define a device structure and embed structure cdev in that structure:
struct asp_mycdev {
struct cdev dev;
char *ramdisk;
struct semaphore sem;
int devNo;
// any other field you may want to add
2. Support a variable number of devices that can be set at load time
(default will be 3) (see DDScullBasic.pptx). The device nodes will be
named /dev/mycdev0, /dev/mycdev1, …, /dev/mycdevN-1, where N is
the number of devices. Please have the device driver create the device
3. Provide an entry function that would be accessed via lseek()
function. That entry function should update the file position pointer
based on the offset requested. You should set the file position pointer as requested as long as it does not go out of bounds, i.e., 0 ≤ requestedposition.
In the case of a request that goes beyond end of the buffer, your implementation needs to expand the buffer and fill the new region with zeros.
4. Provide an entry function that would be accessed via ioctl()
function. You should let the user application clear the data stored in the
ramdisk. You should define symbol ASP CLEAR BUF for the command to
clear the buffer. Your driver function should also reset the file position
pointer to 0. Please see DDScullBasic.pptx for implementation details.
5. Each device can be opened concurrently and therefore can be
accessed for read, write, lseek, and ioctl concurrently. It is your
responsibility to provide appropriate synchronization to prevent race conditions.
6. All the resources (including the ramdisk, the device structures, and device nodes) should be recycled/freed at the time of unloading your
device driver module.
Please submit all your files along with a Makefile and a README file on


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