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SubjectRe: [Linaro-mm-sig] [PATCH 08/10] mm: cma: Contiguous Memory Allocator added
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On Tue, Jun 14, 2011 at 20:30, Arnd Bergmann <arnd@arndb.de> wrote:
> On Tuesday 14 June 2011 18:58:35 Michal Nazarewicz wrote:
>> Ah yes, I forgot that separate regions for different purposes could
>> decrease fragmentation.
>
> That is indeed a good point, but having a good allocator algorithm
> could also solve this. I don't know too much about these allocation
> algorithms, but there are probably multiple working approaches to this.

imo no allocator algorithm is gonna help if you have comparably large,
variable-sized contiguous allocations out of a restricted address range.
It might work well enough if there are only a few sizes and/or there's
decent headroom. But for really generic workloads this would require
sync objects and eviction callbacks (i.e. what Thomas Hellstrom pushed
with ttm).

So if this is only a requirement on very few platforms and can be
cheaply fixed with multiple cma allocation areas (heck, we have
slabs for the same reasons in the kernel), it might be a sensible
compromise.
-Daniel
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daniel.vetter@ffwll.ch - +41 (0) 79 365 57 48 - http://blog.ffwll.ch


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