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SubjectRe: [PATCH] binder: Use kmem_cache for binder_thread
On Thu, Aug 29, 2019 at 08:42:29AM +0200, Greg KH wrote:
> On Thu, Aug 29, 2019 at 01:49:53PM +0800, Peikan Tsai wrote:
[snip]
> > The allocated size for each binder_thread is 512 bytes by kzalloc.
> > Because the size of binder_thread is fixed and it's only 304 bytes.
> > It will save 208 bytes per binder_thread when use create a kmem_cache
> > for the binder_thread.
>
> Are you _sure_ it really will save that much memory? You want to do
> allocations based on a nice alignment for lots of good reasons,
> especially for something that needs quick accesses.

Alignment can be done for slab allocations, kmem_cache_create() takes an
align argument. I am not sure what the default alignment of objects is
though (probably no default alignment). What is an optimal alignment in your
view?

> Did you test your change on a system that relies on binder and find any
> speed improvement or decrease, and any actual memory savings?
>
> If so, can you post your results?

That's certainly worth it and I thought of asking for the same, but spoke too
soon!

Independent note: In general I find the internal fragmentation with large
kmalloc()s troubling in the kernel :-(. Say you have a 5000 objects of 512
allocation, each 300 bytes. 212 * 5000 is around 1MB. Which is arguably not
neglible on a small memory system, right?

thanks,

- Joel

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