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SubjectRe: [PATCH v2 6/6] slub: only preallocate cpus_with_slabs if offstack
On Sun, 23 Oct 2011, Gilad Ben-Yossef wrote:

> We need a cpumask to track cpus with per cpu cache pages
> to know which cpu to whack during flush_all. For
> CONFIG_CPUMASK_OFFSTACK=n we allocate the mask on stack.
> For CONFIG_CPUMASK_OFFSTACK=y we don't want to call kmalloc
> on the flush_all path, so we preallocate per kmem_cache
> on cache creation and use it in flush_all.

I think the on stack alloc should be the default because we can then avoid
the field in kmem_cache and the associated logic with managing the field.
Can we do a GFP_ATOMIC allocation in flush_all()? If the alloc
fails then you can still fallback to send an IPI to all cpus.



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