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SubjectRe: [RFC PATCH v1] devres: align devres.data strictly only for devm_kmalloc()
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/me rouses from holiday mode...

On 2019-12-20 2:06 pm, Peter Zijlstra wrote:
> On Fri, Dec 20, 2019 at 11:19:27AM +0100, Marc Gonzalez wrote:
>> Would anyone else have any suggestions, comments, insights, recommendations,
>> improvements, guidance, or wisdom? :-)
>
> Flip devres upside down!

Which doesn't really help :(

> **WARNING, wear protective glasses when reading the below**
>
>
> struct devres {
> struct devres_node node;
> void *data;
> };
>
> /*
> * We place struct devres at the tail of the memory allocation
> * such that data retains the ARCH_KMALLOC_MINALIGN alignment.
> * struct devres itself is just 4 pointers and should therefore
> * only require trivial alignment.
> */
> static inline struct devres *data2devres(void *data)
> {
> return (struct devres *)(data + ksize(data) - sizeof(struct devres));
> }
>
> void *alloc_dr(...)
> {
> struct devres *dr;
> void *data;
>
> data = kmalloc(size + sizeof(struct devres), GFP_KERNEL);

At this point, you'd still need to special-case devm_kmalloc() to ensure
size is rounded up to the next ARCH_KMALLOC_MINALIGN granule, or you'd
go back to the original problem of the struct devres fields potentially
sharing a cache line with the data buffer. That needs to be avoided,
because if the devres list is modified while the buffer is mapped for
noncoherent DMA (which could legitimately happen as they are nominally
distinct allocations with different owners) there's liable to be data
corruption one way or the other.

No matter which way round you allocate devres and data, by necessity
they're always going to consume the same total amount of memory.

Robin.

> dr = data2devres(data);
> WARN_ON((unsigned long)dr & __alignof(*dr)-1);
> INIT_LIST_HEAD(&dr->node.entry);
> dr->node.release = release;
> dr->data = data;
>
> return dr;
> }
>
> void devres_free(void *data)
> {
> if (data) {
> struct devres *dr = data2devres(data);
> BUG_ON(!list_empty(dr->node.entry));
> kfree(data);
> }
> }
>
> static int release_nodes(...)
> {
> ...
> list_for_each_entry_safe_reverse(dr, ...) {
> ...
> kfree(dr->data);
> }
> }
>

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