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SubjectRe: [PATCH 0/4] big chunk memory allocator v4
On Tue, 23 Nov 2010 16:46:03 +0100
Michał Nazarewicz <> wrote:

> A few things than:
> 1. As Felipe mentioned, on ARM it is often desired to have the memory
> mapped as non-cacheable, which most often mean that the memory never
> reaches the page allocator. This means, that alloc_contig_pages()
> would not be suitable for cases where one needs such memory.
> Or could this be overcome by adding the memory back as highmem? But
> then, it would force to compile in highmem support even if platform
> does not really need it.
> 2. Device drivers should not by themselves know what ranges of memory to
> allocate memory from. Moreover, some device drivers could require
> allocation different buffers from different ranges. As such, this
> would require some management code on top of alloc_contig_pages().
> 3. When posting hwmem, Johan Mossberg mentioned that he'd like to see
> notion of "pinning" chunks (so that not-pinned chunks can be moved
> around when hardware does not use them to defragment memory). This
> would again require some management code on top of
> alloc_contig_pages().
> 4. I might be mistaken here, but the way I understand ZONE_MOVABLE work
> is that it is cut of from the end of memory. Or am I talking nonsense?
> My concern is that at least one chip I'm working with requires
> allocations from different memory banks which would basically mean that
> there would have to be two movable zones, ie:
> +-------------------+-------------------+
> | Memory Bank #1 | Memory Bank #2 |
> +---------+---------+---------+---------+
> | normal | movable | normal | movable |
> +---------+---------+---------+---------+

> So even though I'm personally somehow drawn by alloc_contig_pages()'s
> simplicity (compared to CMA at least), those quick thoughts make me think
> that alloc_contig_pages() would work rather as a backend (as Kamezawa
> mentioned) for some, maybe even tiny but still present, management code
> which would handle "marking memory fragments as ZONE_MOVABLE" (whatever
> that would involve) and deciding which memory ranges drivers can allocate
> from.
> I'm also wondering whether alloc_contig_pages()'s first-fit is suitable but
> that probably cannot be judged without some benchmarks.

I'll continue to update patches, you can freely reuse my code and integrate
this set to yours. I works for this firstly for EMBEDED but I want this to be
a _generic_ function for gerenal purpose architecture.
There may be guys who want 1G page on a host with tons of free memory.


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