[dm-devel] [PATCH] md/dm-ioctl.c: optimize memory allocation in copy_params

Mikulas Patocka mpatocka at redhat.com
Wed Jul 23 17:14:16 UTC 2014

On Wed, 23 Jul 2014, Alasdair G Kergon wrote:

> On Wed, Jul 23, 2014 at 08:16:58AM -0400, Mikulas Patocka wrote:
> > So, it means that you do not use device mapper at all. So, why are you 
> > trying to change memory allocation in device mapper?
> So the *test* they run is asking device-mapper to briefly reserve a 64KB
> buffer when there is no data to report:  The answer is not to run that
> pointless test:)
> And if a single 64KB allocation really is a big deal, then patch 'vold'
> in userspace so it doesn't ask for 64KB when it clearly doesn't need it!
> + int Devmapper::dumpState(SocketClient *c) {
> +    char *buffer = (char *) malloc(1024 * 64);
> The code has just
> for all the other dm ioctls it issues.
> Only use a larger value when it is needed i.e. if DM_BUFFER_FULL_FLAG gets set.
> Alasdair

Device mapper shouldn't depend on allocation on any contiguous memory - it 
will fall back to vmalloc. I still can't believe that their suggested 
patch makes any difference.

This pattern is being repeated over and over in the kernel - for example:

        if (PIDLIST_TOO_LARGE(count))
                return vmalloc(count * sizeof(pid_t));
                return kmalloc(count * sizeof(pid_t), GFP_KERNEL);

        if (is_vmalloc_addr(p))

- I think we should make two functions that do this operation (for example 
kvalloc and kvfree) and convert device mapper and other users to these 
functions. Then, other kernel subsystems can start to use them to fix 
memory fragmentation issues.


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