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SubjectRe: USBFS Memory allocation Bug
On Wed, 10 Mar 2010, Mel Gorman wrote:

> On Tue, Mar 09, 2010 at 10:09:57PM +0100, Markus Rechberger wrote:
> > Hi,
> >
> > I just stumbled around following issue:
> >
> > <SNIP to have one full message>
> >
> > [275835.491094] mediasrv: page allocation failure. order:6, mode:0x40d0
> This is massive. Why is usbdev_ioctl requiring an order-6 allocation?
> Does it have the option to fall back to vmalloc() for example?

We needed to implement an upper limit on the buffer size, and the value
chosen was sufficient for 8 ms of data. There is no fallback to

Of course, the mediasrv program could always make multiple smaller
data submissions instead of a single big one.

> So, it's a high-order allocation but no swap is configured. As the
> system has a big mix of both anonymous and file memory, it is likely it
> was unable to find a large enough contiguous range of file-backed memory
> it could discard. There is pretty much nothing the memory manager could
> do here.
> FWIW, if swap was configured I'd think there was more the memory manager
> could have done.
> Is usb falling back to vmalloc() or order-0 pages possible?

No. It's not possible since the buffer has to be contiguous for DMA
purposes (this is a requirement of the driver interface).

Alan Stern

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