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SubjectRe: [PATCH 16/23] slab: provide kmalloc_no_account
(2012/04/25 23:29), Glauber Costa wrote:

> On 04/24/2012 10:44 PM, KAMEZAWA Hiroyuki wrote:
>> (2012/04/23 8:53), Glauber Costa wrote:
>>> Some allocations need to be accounted to the root memcg regardless
>>> of their context. One trivial example, is the allocations we do
>>> during the memcg slab cache creation themselves. Strictly speaking,
>>> they could go to the parent, but it is way easier to bill them to
>>> the root cgroup.
>>> Only generic kmalloc allocations are allowed to be bypassed.
>>> The function is not exported, because drivers code should always
>>> be accounted.
>>> This code is mosly written by Suleiman Souhlal.
>>> Signed-off-by: Glauber Costa<>
>>> CC: Christoph Lameter<>
>>> CC: Pekka Enberg<>
>>> CC: Michal Hocko<>
>>> CC: Kamezawa Hiroyuki<>
>>> CC: Johannes Weiner<>
>>> CC: Suleiman Souhlal<>
>> Seems reasonable.
>> Reviewed-by: KAMEZAWA Hiroyuki<>
>> Hmm...but can't we find the 'context' in automatic way ?
> Not that I can think of. Well, actually, not without adding some tests
> to the allocation path I'd rather not (like testing for the return
> address and then doing a table lookup, etc)
> An option would be to store it in the task_struct. So we would allocate
> as following:
> memcg_skip_account_start(p);
> do_a_bunch_of_allocations();
> memcg_skip_account_stop(p);
> The problem with that, is that it is quite easy to abuse.
> but if we don't export that to modules, it would be acceptable.
> Question is, given the fact that the number of kmalloc_no_account() is
> expected to be really small, is it worth it?

ok, but.... There was an idea __GFP_NOACCOUNT, which is better ?
Are you afraid that__GFP_NOACCOUNT can be spread too much rather than kmalloc_no_account() ?


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