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Communication between two kernel drivers [migrated]

I have custom embedded hardware i'm working on which runs linux. I've implemented a spi kernel driver to handle spi access to a eeprom which is exposed to userspace. Now i have another kernel driver ...
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What are shmpages in laymans terms?

What exactly are shmpages in the grand scheme of kernel and memory terminology. If I'm hitting a shmpages limit, what does that mean? I'm also curious if this applies to more than linux