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SubjectRE: [PATCH 08/10] mm: cma: Contiguous Memory Allocator added

On Tuesday, June 14, 2011 8:30 PM Arnd Bergmann wrote:

> On Tuesday 14 June 2011 18:58:35 Michal Nazarewicz wrote:
> > On Tue, 14 Jun 2011 18:03:00 +0200, Arnd Bergmann wrote:
> > > For all I know, that is something that is only true for a few very
> > > special Samsung devices,
> >
> > Maybe. I'm just answering your question. :)
> >
> > 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.
> > > I would suggest going forward without having multiple regions:
> >
> > Is having support for multiple regions a bad thing? Frankly,
> > removing this support will change code from reading context passed
> > as argument to code reading context from global variable. Nothing
> > is gained; functionality is lost.
> What is bad IMHO is making them the default, which forces the board
> code to care about memory management details. I would much prefer
> to have contiguous allocation parameters tuned automatically to just
> work on most boards before we add ways to do board-specific hacks.

I see your concerns, but I really wonder how to determine the properties
of the global/default cma pool. You definitely don't want to give all
available memory o CMA, because it will have negative impact on kernel
operation (kernel really needs to allocate unmovable pages from time to

The only solution I see now is to provide Kconfig entry to determine
the size of the global CMA pool, but this still have some issues,
especially for multi-board kernels (each board probably will have
different amount of RAM and different memory-consuming devices
available). It looks that each board startup code still might need to
tweak the size of CMA pool. I can add a kernel command line option for
it, but such solution also will not solve all the cases (afair there
was a discussion about kernel command line parameters for memory
configuration and the conclusion was that it should be avoided).

Best regards
Marek Szyprowski
Samsung Poland R&D Center

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