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SubjectRE: [PATCH 2/2] staging: zcache: optional support for zsmalloc as alternate allocator
> From: Greg KH [mailto:gregkh@linuxfoundation.org]
> Subject: Re: [PATCH 2/2] staging: zcache: optional support for zsmalloc as alternate allocator
>
> On Wed, Jan 23, 2013 at 01:46:31PM -0800, Dan Magenheimer wrote:
> > "New" zcache uses zbud for all sub-page allocation which is more flexible but
> > results in lower density. "Old" zcache supported zsmalloc for frontswap
> > pages. Add zsmalloc to "new" zcache as a compile-time and run-time option
> > for backwards compatibility in case any users wants to use zcache with
> > highest possible density.
> >
> > Note that most of the zsmalloc stats in old zcache are not included here
> > because old zcache used sysfs and new zcache has converted to debugfs.
> > These stats may be added later.
> >
> > Note also that ramster is incompatible with zsmalloc as the two use
> > the least significant bits in a pampd differently.
> >
> > Signed-off-by: Dan Magenheimer <dan.magenheimer@oracle.com>
> > ---
> > drivers/staging/zcache/Kconfig | 11 ++
> > drivers/staging/zcache/zcache-main.c | 210 ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++--
> > drivers/staging/zcache/zcache.h | 3 +
> > 3 files changed, 215 insertions(+), 9 deletions(-)
> >
> > diff --git a/drivers/staging/zcache/Kconfig b/drivers/staging/zcache/Kconfig
> > index c1dbd04..116f8d5 100644
> > --- a/drivers/staging/zcache/Kconfig
> > +++ b/drivers/staging/zcache/Kconfig
> > @@ -10,6 +10,17 @@ config ZCACHE
> > memory to store clean page cache pages and swap in RAM,
> > providing a noticeable reduction in disk I/O.
> >
> > +config ZCACHE_ZSMALLOC
> > + bool "Allow use of zsmalloc allocator for compression of swap pages"
> > + depends on ZSMALLOC=y && !RAMSTER
> > + default n
> > + help
> > + Zsmalloc is a much more efficient allocator for compresssed
> > + pages but currently has some design deficiencies in that it
> > + does not support reclaim nor compaction. Select this if
> > + you are certain your workload will fit or has mostly short
> > + running processes. Zsmalloc is incompatible with RAMster.
>
> How can anyone be "certain"?
>
>
> > --- a/drivers/staging/zcache/zcache-main.c
> > +++ b/drivers/staging/zcache/zcache-main.c
> > @@ -26,6 +26,12 @@
> > #include <linux/cleancache.h>
> > #include <linux/frontswap.h>
> > #include "tmem.h"
> > +#ifdef CONFIG_ZCACHE_ZSMALLOC
> > +#include "../zsmalloc/zsmalloc.h"
>
> Don't #ifdef .h files in .c files.
>
> > +static int zsmalloc_enabled;
> > +#else
> > +#define zsmalloc_enabled 0
> > +#endif
>
> That should have been your only ifdef in this .c file, all of the ones
> you have after this should not be needed, so I can't take this patch,
> sorry.

Yep. Sorry, I was just trying to refresh this from when
I posted the proof-of-concept last summer. I should have
spent more time cleaning it up. Will be away for
a few days so will try to repost in a week or two,
hopefully not too late for this cycle.

Sorry for the noise.
Dan


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