Re: [PATCH 1/1] network memory allocator.

From: Arnd Bergmann
Date: Wed Aug 16 2006 - 07:31:26 EST

On Wednesday 16 August 2006 11:00, Evgeniy Polyakov wrote:
> There is drawback here - if data was allocated on CPU wheere NIC is
> "closer" and then processed on different CPU it will cost more than
> in case where buffer was allocated on CPU where it will be processed.
> But from other point of view, most of the adapters preallocate set of
> skbs, and with msi-x help there will be a possibility to bind irq and
> processing to the CPU where data was origianlly allocated.
> So I would like to know how to determine which node should be used for
> allocation. Changes of __get_user_pages() to alloc_pages_node() are
> trivial.

There are two separate memory areas here: Your own metadata used by the
allocator and the memory used for skb data.

avl_node_array[cpu] and avl_container_array[cpu] are only designed to
be accessed only by the local cpu, so these should be done like

avl_node_array[cpu] = kmalloc_node(AVL_NODE_PAGES * sizeof(void *),
GFP_KERNEL, cpu_to_node(cpu));

or you could make the whole array DEFINE_PER_CPU(void *, which would
waste some space in the kernel object file.

Now for the actual pages you get with __get_free_pages(), doing the
same (alloc_pages_node), will help accessing your avl_container
members, but may not be the best solution for getting the data
next to the network adapter.

Arnd <><
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