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SubjectRe: [patch 3/3] ipc: increase IPCMNI_MAX
On Fri, May 21, 2010 at 01:31:36PM -0700, Andrew Morton wrote:
> On Thu, 20 May 2010 17:07:41 +1000
> Nick Piggin <npiggin@suse.de> wrote:
>
> > Just wondering whether there is a good reason to have a full 16 bits of
> > sequence in ipc ids? 32K indexes is pretty easy to overflow, if only in
> > stress tests for now. I was doing some big aim7 stress testing, which
> > required this patch, but it's not exactly a realistic workload :)
> >
> > But the sequence seems like it just helps slightly with buggy apps, and
> > if the app is buggy then it can by definition mess up its own ids
> > anyway? So I don't see that such amount of seq is required.
> >
> > Index: linux-2.6/ipc/util.h
> > ===================================================================
> > --- linux-2.6.orig/ipc/util.h
> > +++ linux-2.6/ipc/util.h
> > @@ -14,7 +14,16 @@
> > #include <linux/err.h>
> >
> > /* IPCMNI_MAX should be <= MAX_INT, absolute limit for ipc arrays */
> > -#define IPCMNI_MAX_SHIFT 15
> > +/*
> > + * IPC ids consist of an index into the idr, which allocates from the bottom
> > + * up, and a sequence number which is continually incremented. Valid indexes
> > + * are from 0..IPCMNI_MAX (or further constrained by sysctls or other limits).
> > + * The sequence number prevents ids from being reused quickly. The sequence
> > + * number resides in the top part of the 'int' after IPCMNI_MAX.
> > + *
> > + * Increasing IPCMNI_MAX reduces the sequence wrap interval.
> > + */
> > +#define IPCMNI_MAX_SHIFT 20
> > #define IPCMNI_MAX (1 << IPCMNI_MAX_SHIFT)
> >
> > #define SEQ_SHIFT IPCMNI_MAX_SHIFT
>
> Some anaylsis of the worst-case memory consumption would be mollifying.

OK.

> I took the absence of Signed-off-by:'s to mean "rfc" and wandered away.

Yes. They should probably go through Manfred to you anyway.



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