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SubjectRE: [PATCH 04/12] percpu: manage chunks based on contig_bits instead of free_bytes
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> -----Original Message-----
> From: Dennis Zhou [mailto:dennis@kernel.org]
> Sent: 2019年3月3日 6:32
> To: Peng Fan <peng.fan@nxp.com>
> Cc: Tejun Heo <tj@kernel.org>; Christoph Lameter <cl@linux.com>; Vlad
> Buslov <vladbu@mellanox.com>; kernel-team@fb.com; linux-mm@kvack.org;
> linux-kernel@vger.kernel.org
> Subject: Re: [PATCH 04/12] percpu: manage chunks based on contig_bits
> instead of free_bytes
>
> On Sat, Mar 02, 2019 at 01:48:20PM +0000, Peng Fan wrote:
> >
> >
> > > -----Original Message-----
> > > From: owner-linux-mm@kvack.org [mailto:owner-linux-mm@kvack.org]
> On
> > > Behalf Of Dennis Zhou
> > > Sent: 2019年2月28日 10:19
> > > To: Dennis Zhou <dennis@kernel.org>; Tejun Heo <tj@kernel.org>;
> > > Christoph Lameter <cl@linux.com>
> > > Cc: Vlad Buslov <vladbu@mellanox.com>; kernel-team@fb.com;
> > > linux-mm@kvack.org; linux-kernel@vger.kernel.org
> > > Subject: [PATCH 04/12] percpu: manage chunks based on contig_bits
> > > instead of free_bytes
> > >
> > > When a chunk becomes fragmented, it can end up having a large number
> > > of small allocation areas free. The free_bytes sorting of chunks
> > > leads to unnecessary checking of chunks that cannot satisfy the allocation.
> > > Switch to contig_bits sorting to prevent scanning chunks that may
> > > not be able to service the allocation request.
> > >
> > > Signed-off-by: Dennis Zhou <dennis@kernel.org>
> > > ---
> > > mm/percpu.c | 2 +-
> > > 1 file changed, 1 insertion(+), 1 deletion(-)
> > >
> > > diff --git a/mm/percpu.c b/mm/percpu.c index
> > > b40112b2fc59..c996bcffbb2a 100644
> > > --- a/mm/percpu.c
> > > +++ b/mm/percpu.c
> > > @@ -234,7 +234,7 @@ static int pcpu_chunk_slot(const struct
> > > pcpu_chunk
> > > *chunk)
> > > if (chunk->free_bytes < PCPU_MIN_ALLOC_SIZE ||
> chunk->contig_bits
> > > == 0)
> > > return 0;
> > >
> > > - return pcpu_size_to_slot(chunk->free_bytes);
> > > + return pcpu_size_to_slot(chunk->contig_bits *
> > > +PCPU_MIN_ALLOC_SIZE);
> > > }
> > >
> > > /* set the pointer to a chunk in a page struct */
> >
> > Reviewed-by: Peng Fan <peng.fan@nxp.com>
> >
> > Not relevant to this patch, another optimization to percpu might be
> > good to use per chunk spin_lock, not gobal pcpu_lock.
> >
>
> Percpu memory itself is expensive and for the most part shouldn't be part of
> the critical path. Ideally, we don't have multiple chunks being allocated
> simultaneously because once an allocation is given out, the chunk is pinned
> until all allocations are freed.

Thanks for clarification, since not critical patch, use global lock should be ok.

Thanks,
Peng.

>
> Thanks,
> Dennis
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