Re: [MODSLAB 3/7] A Kmalloc subsystem

From: Christoph Lameter
Date: Sat Aug 19 2006 - 12:44:58 EST

On Sat, 19 Aug 2006, Manfred Spraul wrote:

> What about:
> if (unlikely(addr & (~(PAGE_SIZE-1))))
> slabp=virt_to_page(addr)->pagefield;
> else
> slabp=addr & (~(PAGE_SIZE-1));

Well this would not be working with the simple slab design that puts the
first element at the page border to simplify alignment.

And as we have just seen virt to page is mostly an address
calculation in many configurations. I doubt that there would be a great
advantage. Todays processors biggest cause for latencies are
cacheline misses.. Some arithmetic with addresses does not seem to
be that important. Misaligning data in order to not put objects on such
boundaries could be an issue.

> Modify the kmalloc caches slightly and use non-power-of-2 cache sizes. Move
> the kmalloc(PAGE_SIZE) users to gfp.

Power of 2 cache sizes make the object align neatly to cacheline
boundaries and make them fit tightly into a page.

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