[Linaro-mm-sig] [PATCH 08/10] mm: cma: Contiguous Memory Allocator added
arnd at arndb.de
Wed Jun 22 13:39:23 UTC 2011
On Wednesday 22 June 2011, Marek Szyprowski wrote:
> Sounds really good, but it might be really hard to implemnt, at least for
> CMA, because it needs to tweak parameters of memory management internal
> structures very early, when buddy allocator has not been activated yet.
Why that? I would expect you can do the same that hugepages (used to) do
and just attempt high-order allocations. If they succeed, you can add them
as a CMA region and free them again, into the movable set of pages, otherwise
you just fail the request from user space when the memory is already
> > These essentially fight over the same memory (though things are slightly
> > different with dynamic hugepages), and they all face the same basic problem
> > of getting as much for themselves without starving the other three.
> I'm not sure we can solve all such issues in the first version. Maybe we should
> first have each of the above fully working in mainline separately and then
> start the integration works.
Yes, makes sense. We just need to be careful not to introduce user-visible
interfaces that we cannot change any more in the process.
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