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SubjectRe: [PATCHv5 04/10] node: Link memory nodes to their compute nodes
On Tue, Feb 5, 2019 at 3:52 PM Greg Kroah-Hartman
<gregkh@linuxfoundation.org> wrote:
>
> On Tue, Feb 05, 2019 at 01:33:27PM +0100, Rafael J. Wysocki wrote:
> > > +/**
> > > + * struct node_access_nodes - Access class device to hold user visible
> > > + * relationships to other nodes.
> > > + * @dev: Device for this memory access class
> > > + * @list_node: List element in the node's access list
> > > + * @access: The access class rank
> > > + */
> > > +struct node_access_nodes {
> > > + struct device dev;
> >
> > I'm not sure if the entire struct device is needed here.
> >
> > It looks like what you need is the kobject part of it only and you can
> > use a kobject directly here:
> >
> > struct kobject kobj;
> >
> > Then, you can register that under the node's kobject using
> > kobject_init_and_add() and you can create attr groups under a kobject
> > using sysfs_create_groups(), which is exactly what device_add_groups()
> > does.
> >
> > That would allow you to avoid allocating extra memory to hold the
> > entire device structure and the extra empty "power" subdirectory added
> > by device registration would not be there.
>
> When you use a "raw" kobject then userspace tools do not see the devices
> and attributes in libraries like udev.

And why would they need it in this particular case?

> So unless userspace does not care about this at all,

Which I think is the case here, isn't it?

> you should use a 'struct device' where ever
> possible. The memory "savings" usually just isn't worth it unless you
> have a _lot_ of objects being created here.
>
> Who is going to use all of this new information?

Somebody who wants to know how the memory in the system is laid out AFAICS.

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