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SubjectRe: [RFC PATCH v2 02/11] slab: add private memory allocator header for arch/lib
Am 17.04.2015 um 17:02 schrieb Hajime Tazaki:
>
> Hi Christoph, Richard,
>
> At Fri, 17 Apr 2015 14:44:35 +0200,
> Richard Weinberger wrote:
>>
>> Am 17.04.2015 um 14:17 schrieb Christoph Lameter:
>>> On Fri, 17 Apr 2015, Hajime Tazaki wrote:
>>>
>>>> add header includion for CONFIG_LIB to wrap kmalloc and co. This will
>>>> bring malloc(3) based allocator used by arch/lib.
>>>
>>> Maybe add another allocator insteadl? SLLB which implements memory
>>> management using malloc()?
>>
>> Yeah, that's a good idea.
>
> first, my bad, I should be more precise on the commit message.
>
> the patch with 04/11 patch is used _not_ only malloc(3) but
> also any allocator registered by our entry API, lib_init().
>
> for NUSE case, we use malloc(3) but for DCE (ns-3) case, we
> use our own allocator, which manages the (virtual) process
> running on network simulator.
>
> if these externally configurable memory allocator are point
> of interest in Linux kernel, maybe adding another allocator
> into mm/ is interesting but I'm not sure. what do you think ?

This is the idea behind SLLB.

> btw, what does stand for SLLB ? (just curious)

SLUB is the unqueued SLAB and SLLB is the library SLAB. :D

>> Hajime, another question, do you really want a malloc/free backend?
>> I'm not a mm expert, but does malloc() behave exactly as the kernel
>> counter parts?
>
> as stated above, A1) yes, we need our own allocator, and A2)
> yes as NUSE proofed, it behaves fine.

Okay.

>> In UML we allocate a big file on the host side, mmap() it and give this mapping
>> to the kernel as physical memory such that any kernel allocator can work with it.
>
> libos doesn't virtualize a physical memory but provide
> allocator functions returning memory block on a request
> instead.

Makes sense. I thought maybe it can help you reducing the code
footprint.

Thanks,
//richard


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