[Linaro-mm-sig] [PATCH 2/9] mm: alloc_contig_freed_pages() added
mina86 at mina86.com
Sun Oct 16 09:39:10 UTC 2011
> On Sun, 16 Oct 2011 10:01:36 +0200 "Michal Nazarewicz" wrote:
>> Still, as I think of it now, maybe alloc_contig_free_range() would be
On Sun, 16 Oct 2011 10:31:16 +0200, Andrew Morton wrote:
> Nope. Of *course* the pages were free. Otherwise we couldn't
> (re)allocate them. I still think the "free" part is redundant.
> What could be improved is the "alloc" part. This really isn't an
> allocation operation. The pages are being removed from buddy then
> moved into the free arena of a different memory manager from where they
> will _later_ be "allocated".
Not quite. After alloc_contig_range() returns, the pages are passed with
no further processing to the caller. Ie. the area is not later split into
several parts nor kept in CMA's pool unused.
alloc_contig_freed_pages() is a little different since it must be called on
a buddy page boundary and may return more then requested (because of the way
buddy system merges buddies) so there is a little processing after it returns
(namely freeing of the excess pages).
> So we should move away from the alloc/free naming altogether for this
> operation and think up new terms. How about "claim" and "release"?
> claim_contig_pages, claim_contig_range, release_contig_pages, etc?
> Or we could use take/return.
Personally, I'm not convinced about changing the names of alloc_contig_range()
and free_contig_pages() but I see merit in changing alloc_contig_freed_pages()
to something else.
Since at the moment, it's used only by alloc_contig_range(), I'd lean
towards removing it from page-isolation.h, marking as static and renaming
> Also, if we have no expectation that anything apart from CMA will use
> these interfaces (?), the names could/should be prefixed with "cma_".
In Kamezawa's original patchset, he used those for a bit different
approach (IIRC, Kamezawa's patchset introduced a function that scanned memory
and tried to allocate contiguous memory where it could), so I can imagine that
someone will make use of those functions. It may be used in any situation
where a range of pages is either free (ie. in buddy system) or movable and
one wants to allocate them for some reason.
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