1What is an IRQ?
3An IRQ is an interrupt request from a device.
4Currently they can come in over a pin, or over a packet.
5Several devices may be connected to the same pin thus
6sharing an IRQ.
8An IRQ number is a kernel identifier used to talk about a hardware
9interrupt source. Typically this is an index into the global irq_desc
10array, but except for what linux/interrupt.h implements the details
11are architecture specific.
13An IRQ number is an enumeration of the possible interrupt sources on a
14machine. Typically what is enumerated is the number of input pins on
15all of the interrupt controller in the system. In the case of ISA
16what is enumerated are the 16 input pins on the two i8259 interrupt
19Architectures can assign additional meaning to the IRQ numbers, and
20are encouraged to in the case where there is any manual configuration
21of the hardware involved. The ISA IRQs are a classic example of
22assigning this kind of additional meaning.

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