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SubjectRe: [PATCH v2 3/4] mm: add find_alloc_contig_pages() interface
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On 05/23/2018 08:07 PM, Reinette Chatre wrote:
> On 5/23/2018 4:18 AM, Vlastimil Babka wrote:
>> On 05/22/2018 06:41 PM, Reinette Chatre wrote:
>>> Currently the Cache Pseudo-Locking allocations are order based because I
>>> assumed it was required by the allocator. The contiguous regions needed
>>> by Cache Pseudo-Locking will not always be order based - instead it is
>>> based on the granularity of the cache allocation. One example is a
>>> platform with 55MB L3 cache that can be divided into 20 equal portions.
>>> To support Cache Pseudo-Locking on this platform we need to be able to
>>> allocate contiguous regions at increments of 2816KB (the size of each
>>> portion). In support of this example platform regions needed would thus
>>> be 2816KB, 5632KB, 8448KB, etc.
>>
>> Will there be any alignment requirements for these allocations e.g. for
>> minimizing conflict misses?
>
> Two views on the usage of the allocated memory are: On the user space
> side, the kernel memory is mapped to userspace (using remap_pfn_range())
> and thus need to be page aligned. On the kernel side the memory is
> loaded into the cache and it is here where the requirement originates
> for it to be contiguous. The memory being contiguous reduces the
> likelihood of physical addresses from the allocated memory mapping to
> the same cache line and thus cause cache evictions of memory we are
> trying to load into the cache.

Hi, yeah that's what I've been thinking, and I guess page alignment is
enough for that after all. I'm just not used to cache sizes and ways
that are not power of two :)

> I hope I answered your question, if not, please let me know which parts
> I missed and I will try again.

Thanks!

Vlastimil

> Reinette
>

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