Re: [GIT PULL] scheduler fixes
From: Nick Piggin
Date: Tue May 26 2009 - 03:33:56 EST
On Mon, May 25, 2009 at 09:39:36AM -0700, Linus Torvalds wrote:
> On Mon, 25 May 2009, Pekka J Enberg wrote:
> > diff --git a/init/main.c b/init/main.c
> > index 33ce929..fb0e004 100644
> > --- a/init/main.c
> > +++ b/init/main.c
> > @@ -576,6 +576,22 @@ asmlinkage void __init start_kernel(void)
> > setup_nr_cpu_ids();
> > smp_prepare_boot_cpu(); /* arch-specific boot-cpu hooks */
> > + build_all_zonelists();
> > + page_alloc_init();
> > +
> > + printk(KERN_NOTICE "Kernel command line: %s\n", boot_command_line);
> > + parse_early_param();
> > + parse_args("Booting kernel", static_command_line, __start___param,
> > + __stop___param - __start___param,
> > + &unknown_bootoption);
> > + pidhash_init();
> > + vmalloc_init();
> > + vfs_caches_init_early();
> > + /*
> > + * Set up kernel memory allocators
> > + */
> > + mem_init();
> > + kmem_cache_init();
> So what strikes me is a question:
> - why do we want to do pidhash_init and vfs_caches_init_early() so early?
> Yes, pidhash_init() now uses alloc_bootmem. It's an allocation that is not
> trivially small, but it's not humongous either (max 4096 hash list heads,
> one pointer each).
It would be nice to use the regular page allocator for pidhash_init; For
my case, I have this patch floating around for a long time which can make
this (among other things) dynamically resizable without using locking, and
avoiding the special case for the bootmem allocated hash would be good.
> And vfs_caches_init_early() is actually doing some rather strange things,
> like doing a "alloc_large_system_hash()" but not unconditionally: it does
> it in the "late" initialization too, if not done early. inode_init_early
> does soemthing very similar (ie a _conditional_ early init).
> So none of this seems to really get a huge advantage from the early init.
> There seems to be some subtle NUMA issues, but do we really want that? I
> get the feeling that nobody ever wanted to do it early, and then the NUMA
> people said "I don't wnt to do this early, but I don't want to touch the
> non-NUMA case, so I'll do it early for non-numa, and late for numa".
vfs_caches_init_early wants to allocate with bootmem so it can get
>= MAX_ORDER cache size in the kernel direct mapping. In the NUMA
case, it is more important to spread the memory usage and utilisation
over nodes I guess so they use vmalloc for that. Bootmem and vmalloc
are not available at the same time, so it has to be 2 cases.
> I'm also not entirely sure we really need to do vmalloc_init() that early,
> but I dunno. It also uses alloc_bootmem().
Probably not. vmalloc doesn't really work without the page allocator and
slab allocator already up, so it can probably be moved after them.
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