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

From: Evgeniy Polyakov
Date: Wed Aug 16 2006 - 08:01:23 EST

On Wed, Aug 16, 2006 at 01:27:02PM +0200, Arnd Bergmann (arnd@xxxxxxxx) wrote:
> 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.

I can create it with numa_node_id() right now and later, if there will
exsist some helper to match netdev->node, it can be used instead.

> Arnd <><

Evgeniy Polyakov
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