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SubjectRe: [PATCH] kprobe: increase kprobe_hash_table size
Andrew Morton wrote:
>> I agree that there may be many opinions about what is the best suited size.
>> Why I chose 512 was that I thought the table (byte) size was less than or
>> equal 4096 even on 64-bit arch.
> Well...
> text data bss dec hex filename
> 7036 744 9380 17160 4308 kernel/kprobes.o
> 7048 744 73892 81684 13f14 kernel/kprobes.o
> That's 64 kbytes more memory. It will be kretprobe_table_locks[] which
> is hurting here, due to the ____cacheline_aligned.

Oops! It's really bad.

> I expected CONFIG_X86_VSMP=y to make this far worse, but fortunately
> that only affects ____cacheline_internodealigned_in_smp.
> btw, that array wastes a ton of memory on uniprocessor builds. Using
> ____cacheline_aligned_in_smp should fix that.
> Please always check these thigns with /usr/bin/size.

I see. I'll check that and try to find the best way...

> btw2, could/should kprobe_table[] and kretprobe_inst_table[] be
> aggregated into kretprobe_table_locks[]? That would save some memory
> and might save some cache misses as well?

Indeed, thank you for good idea.

> Anyway, enough pos-facto code review. Is this change which you're
> proposing worth increasing kernel memory usage by 64k?

Not really. Hmm, I have to investigate more on this problem.

Thanks a lot.

Masami Hiramatsu

Software Engineer
Hitachi Computer Products (America) Inc.
Software Solutions Division


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