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SubjectRe: [patch 09/10] Remove the SLOB allocator for 2.6.23
Hi Nick,

On 7/9/07, Nick Piggin <nickpiggin@yahoo.com.au> wrote:
> SLOB contains several significant O(1) and also O(n) memory savings that
> are so far impossible-by-design for SLUB. They are: slab external
> fragmentation is significantly reduced; kmalloc internal fragmentation is
> significantly reduced; order of magnitude smaller kmem_cache data type;
> order of magnitude less code...

I assume with "slab external fragmentation" you mean allocating a
whole page for a slab when there are not enough objects to fill the
whole thing thus wasting memory? We could try to combat that by
packing multiple variable-sized slabs within a single page. Also,
adding some non-power-of-two kmalloc caches might help with internal
fragmentation.

In any case, SLUB needs some serious tuning for smaller machines
before we can get rid of SLOB.
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