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SubjectRe: [PATCH] USB: f_mass_storage: dynamic buffers for better alignment
On Mon, Mar 15, 2010 at 08:20:08PM +0100, Micha?? Nazarewicz wrote:
> > On Mon, Mar 15, 2010 at 11:09:55AM +0100, Michal Nazarewicz wrote:
> >> "Static" buffers in fsg_buffhd structure (ie. fields which are arrays
> >> rather then pointers to dynamically allocated memory) are not aligned
> >> to any "big" power of two which may lead to poor DMA performance
>
> On Mon, 15 Mar 2010 19:10:21 +0100, Felipe Balbi <me@felipebalbi.com> wrote:
> > not so true as you can add __attribute__ ((aligned(32))) to those.
>
> I admit, I haven't thought about that. Some fields rearrangement
> could help avoid some padding but yes, it can be done.
>
> However, there is one more thing I've had in mind. Each buffer
> is 4 pages (16 KiB) and there are two such buffers in struct
> fsg_common therefore the whole size of the structure is
> 9 pages (> 32 KiB).
>
> I've been simply concerned about using kamlloc() for such big
> structures so in the end decided to split it into 3 allocations.
>
> Maybe I'm overeating though? Or maybe vmalloc() would solve those
> problems? But then again, vmalloc() could degrade DMA performance
> on systems w/o scatter-gather.
>
> What do you think?

I have no opinion anymore :-p

I can only think about the devices I've been working on which would be a
pain to allocate so much memory and would suffer if you use vmalloc()
too, so both would be a no-no for me :-p

> bh = common->buffhds;
> rc = -ENOMEM;
> i = FSG_NUM_BUFFERS;
> for(;;) {
> bh->buf = kmalloc(FSG_BUFLEN, GFP_KERNEL);
> if (unlikely(!bh->buf))
> goto error_release;
> if (!--i)
> break;
> bh->next = bh + 1;
> ++bh;
> }
> bh->next = common->buffhds;
>
> What do you think?

how about ?

for (i = FSG_NUM_BUFFER; i; i--, ++bh) {
bh->buf = kmalloc(FSG_BUFLEN, GFP_KERNEL);
if (!bh->buf)
goto error_release;
}

--
balbi


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