MmAllocateNonCachedMemory function

The MmAllocateNonCachedMemory routine allocates a virtual address range of noncached and cache-aligned memory.

Syntax

PVOID MmAllocateNonCachedMemory(
  SIZE_T NumberOfBytes
);

Parameters

NumberOfBytes

Specifies the size in bytes of the range to be allocated.

Return Value

If the requested memory cannot be allocated, the return value is NULL. Otherwise, it is the base virtual address of the allocated range.

Remarks

MmAllocateNonCachedMemory can be called from a DriverEntry routine to allocate a noncached block of virtual memory for various device-specific buffers. The function always returns a full multiple of the virtual memory page size, of nonpaged system-address-space memory, regardless of the requested allocation size.

Noncached allocations are aligned on an integral multiple of the processor's data-cache-line size to prevent cache and coherency problems.

The physical memory pages that MmAllocateNonCachedMemory returns are typically not contiguous pages.

Note  Memory that MmAllocateNonCachedMemory allocates is uninitialized. A kernel-mode driver must first zero this memory if it is going to make it visible to user-mode software (to avoid leaking potentially privileged contents).
 

Requirements

   
Minimum supported client Available starting with Windows 2000.
Target Platform Universal
Header ntddk.h (include Ntddk.h)
Library NtosKrnl.lib
DLL NtosKrnl.exe
IRQL <=APC_LEVEL
DDI compliance rules IrqlMmApcLte, HwStorPortProhibitedDDIs, SpNoWait, StorPortStartIo

See Also

AllocateCommonBuffer

KeGetDcacheFillSize

MmAllocateContiguousMemory

MmAllocateContiguousMemorySpecifyCache

MmFreeNonCachedMemory