[PATCH 1/5] staging: zsmalloc: zsmalloc memory allocation library

Dan Magenheimer dan.magenheimer at oracle.com
Wed Jan 11 17:19:35 UTC 2012


> From: Seth Jennings [mailto:sjenning at linux.vnet.ibm.com]
> Subject: [PATCH 1/5] staging: zsmalloc: zsmalloc memory allocation library
> 
> From: Nitin Gupta <ngupta at vflare.org>
> 
> This patch creates a new memory allocation library named
> zsmalloc.
> 
> +/*
> + * Allocate a zspage for the given size class
> + */
> +static struct page *alloc_zspage(struct size_class *class, gfp_t flags)
> +{
> +	int i, error;
> +	struct page *first_page = NULL;
> +
> +	/*
> +	 * Allocate individual pages and link them together as:
> +	 * 1. first page->private = first sub-page
> +	 * 2. all sub-pages are linked together using page->lru
> +	 * 3. each sub-page is linked to the first page using page->first_page
> +	 *
> +	 * For each size class, First/Head pages are linked together using
> +	 * page->lru. Also, we set PG_private to identify the first page
> +	 * (i.e. no other sub-page has this flag set) and PG_private_2 to
> +	 * identify the last page.
> +	 */
> +	error = -ENOMEM;
> +	for (i = 0; i < class->zspage_order; i++) {
> +		struct page *page, *prev_page;
> +
> +		page = alloc_page(flags);

Hmmm... I thought we agreed offlist that the new allocator API would
provide for either preloads or callbacks (which may differ per pool)
instead of directly allocating raw pages from the kernel.  The caller
(zcache or ramster or ???) needs to be able to somehow manage maximum
memory capacity to avoid OOMs.

Or am I missing the code that handles that?

Dan



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