Re: [PATCH 08/29] mm: kmem_cache_objs_to_pages()

From: Peter Zijlstra
Date: Thu Feb 22 2007 - 04:34:20 EST

On Wed, 2007-02-21 at 17:47 +0200, Pekka Enberg wrote:
> Hi Peter,
> On 2/21/07, Peter Zijlstra <a.p.zijlstra@xxxxxxxxx> wrote:
> > Provide a method to calculate the number of pages needed to store a given
> > number of slab objects (upper bound when considering possible partial and
> > free slabs).
> So how does this work? You ask the slab allocator how many pages you
> need for a given number of objects and then those pages are available
> to it via the page allocator? Can other users also dip into those
> reserves?

Everybody (ab)using PF_MEMALLOC or the new __GFP_EMERGENCY.

> I would prefer we simply have an API for telling the slab allocator to
> keep certain number of pages in a reserve for a cache rather than
> exposing internals such as object size to rest of the world.

Keeping the free pages in the page allocator is good for the buddy
system. Although you could probably implement a reserve interface
without actually claiming the pages.

However, doing it like so separates the making of the reserve from the
actual kmem_cache object, I can just carry a sum of pages around instead
of a list of kmem_cache pointers.

I calculate a potential reserve, I might never actually commit to making
(and using) the reserve.

Also, I don't see what internals are exposed, kmem_cache is still
private to slab.c.

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