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SubjectRe: [PATCH 2/3] xvmalloc memory allocator
On Sat, 21 Mar 2009 01:13:42 +0530 Nitin Gupta <ngupta@vflare.org> wrote:

> Pekka Enberg wrote:
> > On 3/20/2009, "Christoph Lameter" <cl@linux-foundation.org> wrote:
> >>> I think, with a bit playing around with interfaces, it can be turned into
> >>> general purpose allocator (this will most probably lack highmem support).
> >> Then it would need to implement the SLAB api (see include/linux/slab.h).
> >> Thus we are getting slab allocator #5.
> >
> > I do not see the point in that. As I suggested earlier, you should
> > probably just move this into drivers/block/ and make it a private
> > compcache allocator.
> >
>
> Your wish. But, really, we should not dismiss an O(1) allocator with great
> space-efficiency so easily. I think it will be great at least for embedded
> devices (its counterpart, SLOB is simply funny).
>
> Just to add to this, Xen recently included a variant of TLSF allocator
> which was used in earlier versions of compcache. TLSF is allocator on
> which xvmalloc is based.
> http://xenbits.xensource.com/xen-unstable.hg?file/0477f9061c8a/xen/common/xmalloc_tlsf.c
> (Though I do not know which parts of xen depend on this allocator).
>
> and xvmalloc vs tlsf arguments are here:
> http://code.google.com/p/compcache/wiki/xvMalloc
>
> tlsf:
> http://rtportal.upv.es/rtmalloc/

Well, xvmalloc may or may not be a good thing and we can discuss that
separately.

But what is regrettable is that xvmalloc appears to be tied to
compressed-swap in some manner. Is it not possible to split these two
initiatives apart so that neither is dependent upon the other? Or is
compressed-swap hopelessly crippled without xvmalloc?

(compcache is a terrible name, btw - it isn't a "compressed cache" at all!)

> Anyways, I will move it to drivers/block.

This sounds like it might be a backward step.


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