Linux Training: Professional Linux Device Driver Development


Course Delivery

Live Instructor-Led Training

Course Description

The course Professional Linux Device Driver Development (Linux Training) covers everything that you ever wanted to know about Linux Device Driver Development. Starting with the basics, the course quickly proceeds through an in-depth exploration of User Space, Kernel Space, Character Drivers, Block Drivers, Network Drivers & more. The course concludes with an overview of a variety of topics including ALSA, Linux real time solutions & more.

Course Dates and Pricing


Oct 16 - 19, 2018$3,500.00Nov 13 - 16, 2018$3,500.00Dec 11 - 14, 2018$3,500.00

Course Outline

Devices in Linux

Linux Device Drivers Overview
Device Classes
Creating Device Files
Kernel Modules vs. Applications
User Space Driver APIs

Loadable Modules

Why Loadable Modules?
Working with Loadable Modules
Device Driver Code

Compiling, Loading, Exporting

Setting up the Test System
A Simple Module
Compiling Modules
Loading and Unloading Modules
Initialization and Shutdown
Exporting Symbols from Loadable Modules
Working with Stacked Loadable Modules

Character Devices

Major and Minor Numbers
Registering Character Devices Files
Driver Methods
Working with User Spaces

Kernel Data Types (Overview Only)

Standard C Types
Working with Sizing Data Items
Interface-Specific Types
Linked Lists
Other Issues

Debugging and Tracing

Using printk
Using /proc
Using strace
ksyms and ksymoops
Using gdb, kgdb

Working with Queues

Wait Queues
Safe Blocking
Schedule()
Poll()

Working with Memory

Linux Memory Management
Working with mmap
Direct I/O
Direct Memory Access

Working with Hardware

I/O Ports and Memory Mapping
Allocating and Mapping I/O Space
Working with I/O ports
User Space Access

Interrupts

Handling Interrupts
Installing Interrupt Handlers
Interrupt Sharing
Kernel Restrictions
Tasklets and Workqueues

USB Drivers

USB Structure
Working with Endpoints, Interfaces and Configurations
USB Request Blocks
Organization and Structure of Drivers
Working with Gadget Drivers
Accessing Hardware from User Space

Timing

Timer Interrupts
Short Delays
Task Queues
Kernel Timers

CHAR Drivers

Major and Minor Numbers
scull Design
scull’s Memory Usage
Char Device Registration
Read and Write

Block Device Drivers (Overview Only)

Block Device Drivers Overview
Working with Header Files
Registering Block Device Drivers
Structure of block_device_operations
Working with Special Methods

Network Drivers

Network Drivers Overview
Structure of net_device
Sockets
Naming Scheme and Registration
Network Driver Methods
Working with NAPI

Kernel Tree

Working with the Kernel Tree
The Kernel Layout
Makefile
Kconfig File

Additional Topics – Overview Only

Configuring and building the kernel
Booting via TFTP
Root Filesystem over NFS
Monitoring File Systems (iNotify)
Development environment NFS
Initializing using the Device Tree method instead of board file
UDEV
Linux Real-Time

Course Locations

  • Ottawa

  • Montreal

  • Toronto

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