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-What is an IRQ?
-
-An IRQ is an interrupt request from a device.
-Currently they can come in over a pin, or over a packet.
-Several devices may be connected to the same pin thus
-sharing an IRQ.
-
-An IRQ number is a kernel identifier used to talk about a hardware
-interrupt source. Typically this is an index into the global irq_desc
-array, but except for what linux/interrupt.h implements the details
-are architecture specific.
-
-An IRQ number is an enumeration of the possible interrupt sources on a
-machine. Typically what is enumerated is the number of input pins on
-all of the interrupt controller in the system. In the case of ISA
-what is enumerated are the 16 input pins on the two i8259 interrupt
-controllers.
-
-Architectures can assign additional meaning to the IRQ numbers, and
-are encouraged to in the case where there is any manual configuration
-of the hardware involved. The ISA IRQs are a classic example of
-assigning this kind of additional meaning.