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SubjectRe: [PATCH 0/4] big chunk memory allocator v4
On Fri, Nov 19, 2010 at 10:56 PM, Andrew Morton
<> wrote:
> On Fri, 19 Nov 2010 17:10:33 +0900
> KAMEZAWA Hiroyuki <> wrote:
>> Hi, this is an updated version.
>> No major changes from the last one except for page allocation function.
>> removed RFC.
>> Order of patches is
>> [1/4] move some functions from memory_hotplug.c to page_isolation.c
>> [2/4] search physically contiguous range suitable for big chunk alloc.
>> [3/4] allocate big chunk memory based on memory hotplug(migration) technique
>> [4/4] modify page allocation function.
>> For what:
>>   I hear there is requirements to allocate a chunk of page which is larger than
>>   MAX_ORDER. Now, some (embeded) device use a big memory chunk. To use memory,
>>   they hide some memory range by boot option (mem=) and use hidden memory
>>   for its own purpose. But this seems a lack of feature in memory management.

Actually, now that's not needed any more by using memblock:

>>   This patch adds
>>       alloc_contig_pages(start, end, nr_pages, gfp_mask)
>>   to allocate a chunk of page whose length is nr_pages from [start, end)
>>   phys address. This uses similar logic of memory-unplug, which tries to
>>   offline [start, end) pages. By this, drivers can allocate 30M or 128M or
>>   much bigger memory chunk on demand. (I allocated 1G chunk in my test).
>>   But yes, because of fragmentation, this cannot guarantee 100% alloc.
>>   If alloc_contig_pages() is called in system boot up or movable_zone is used,
>>   this allocation succeeds at high rate.
> So this is an alternatve implementation for the functionality offered
> by Michal's "The Contiguous Memory Allocator framework".
>>   I tested this on x86-64, and it seems to work as expected. But feedback from
>>   embeded guys are appreciated because I think they are main user of this
>>   function.
> From where I sit, feedback from the embedded guys is *vital*, because
> they are indeed the main users.
> Michal, I haven't made a note of all the people who are interested in
> and who are potential users of this code.  Your patch series has a
> billion cc's and is up to version 6.  Could I ask that you review and
> test this code, and also hunt down other people (probably at other
> organisations) who can do likewise for us?  Because until we hear from
> those people that this work satisfies their needs, we can't really
> proceed much further.

As I've explained before, a contiguous memory allocator would be nice,
but on ARM many drivers not only need contiguous memory, but
non-cacheable, and this requires removing the memory from normal
kernel mapping in early boot.


Felipe Contreras
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