Re: lockless poll() (was Re: namei() query)

From: Jamie Lokier (
Date: Mon Apr 24 2000 - 12:07:24 EST

Manfred Spraul wrote:
> As an second optimization, we might try to optimize kmalloc for fixed
> size allocations:
> with __builtin_constant_p() we could directly allocate from the correct
> cs_cachep without the loop in kmalloc().

I've done this in user space and it works very nicely.

Even better than picking the cs_cachep: you can inline the allocation &
the free to very small fast code in cases where it's a per CPU slab (or
only one SLAB). It's just a matter of pulling something off the free
list. For ultimate performance, use a ".text.lock" style extra section
to contain the slow case code ;-)

-- Jamie

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