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SubjectRe: [dm-devel] [PATCH] md/dm-ioctl.c: optimize memory allocation in copy_params
On 2014/7/24 1:14, Mikulas Patocka wrote:
>
> On Wed, 23 Jul 2014, Alasdair G Kergon wrote:
>
>> On Wed, Jul 23, 2014 at 08:16:58AM -0400, Mikulas Patocka wrote:
>>> So, it means that you do not use device mapper at all. So, why are you
>>> trying to change memory allocation in device mapper?
>>
>> So the *test* they run is asking device-mapper to briefly reserve a 64KB
>> buffer when there is no data to report: The answer is not to run that
>> pointless test:)
>>
>> And if a single 64KB allocation really is a big deal, then patch 'vold'
>> in userspace so it doesn't ask for 64KB when it clearly doesn't need it!
>>
>> + int Devmapper::dumpState(SocketClient *c) {
>> + char *buffer = (char *) malloc(1024 * 64);
>>
>> The code has just
>> #define DEVMAPPER_BUFFER_SIZE 4096
>> for all the other dm ioctls it issues.
>>
>> Only use a larger value when it is needed i.e. if DM_BUFFER_FULL_FLAG gets set.
>>
>> Alasdair
> Device mapper shouldn't depend on allocation on any contiguous memory - it
> will fall back to vmalloc. I still can't believe that their suggested
> patch makes any difference.
>
> This pattern is being repeated over and over in the kernel - for example:
>
> if (PIDLIST_TOO_LARGE(count))
> return vmalloc(count * sizeof(pid_t));
> else
> return kmalloc(count * sizeof(pid_t), GFP_KERNEL);
>
>
> if (is_vmalloc_addr(p))
> vfree(p);
> else
> kfree(p);
>
> - I think we should make two functions that do this operation (for example
> kvalloc and kvfree) and convert device mapper and other users to these
> functions. Then, other kernel subsystems can start to use them to fix
> memory fragmentation issues.

Thank Mikulas and Alasdair. Before sending out the patch, we know the result. :)
It's hard to balance between performance and stability.

Anyway, we would try to change seq_read.

Yanmin



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