I am learning assembly language programming in Raspberry Pi 2 model B. I know about Code::Blocks and gdb. Using assembly language the processor's register can be controlled, but I want to control the peripheral's registers (BCM2835 peripheral) because I need to control interrupts.

Can any one suggest, is it possible?

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I expect your terminology is incorrect.

If you want to control interrupts you will either have to go bare metal or write a Linux kernel driver.

If you use Raspbian from userland you can not "control" interrupts. However you can request a callback when an interrupt happens.

Do you want to use interrupts to control peripherals? To do what?

  • By userland , event can be detected in a GPIO but that is very slow for my application thats why I am trying to do it with real interrupt . When I looked at BCM 2835 data sheet in page 109, it give information about interrupts and in page no. 112 itmentions about Registers. So I think that to controlinterrupt , these register field should be set.t
    – vivek
    Apr 21, 2016 at 12:58
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    It might be worth adding that information to your question. It may be useful. What sort of interrupt rates are you talking about? How often and how frequent?
    – joan
    Apr 21, 2016 at 13:11
  • requirement is about 100 Khz or more.
    – vivek
    Apr 22, 2016 at 5:22
  • @vivek Okay. You won't be able to use interrupts for that from userland. There is a latency of about 50 µs between interrupt and userland process notification. You will lose interrupts. I suggest you have a look at my pigpio library which will capture the events down to the microsecond level. However unless you have very little processing to do do I can't see those data rates being handled for more than a few seconds or so.
    – joan
    Apr 22, 2016 at 7:32

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