Re: [PATCH 2/3] kernel: irq: use a kmem_cache for allocating struct irq_desc

From: David Rientjes
Date: Wed Nov 19 2014 - 18:52:38 EST

On Mon, 10 Nov 2014, Andrey Ryabinin wrote:

> After enabling alignment checks in UBSan I've noticed a lot of
> reports like this:
> UBSan: Undefined behaviour in ../kernel/irq/chip.c:195:14
> member access within misaligned address ffff88003e80d6f8
> for type 'struct irq_desc' which requires 16 byte alignment
> struct irq_desc declared with ____cacheline_internodealigned_in_smp
> attribute. However in some cases it allocated dynamically via kmalloc().
> In general case kmalloc() guaranties only sizeof(void *) alignment.
> We should use a separate slab cache to make struct irq_desc
> properly aligned on SMP configuration.
> This also could slightly reduce memory usage on some configurations.
> E.g. in my setup sizeof(struct irq_desc) == 320. Which means that
> kmalloc-512 will be used for allocating irg_desc via kmalloc().
> In that case using separate slab cache will save us 192 bytes per
> each irq_desc.
> Note: UBSan reports says that 'struct irq_desc' requires 16 byte alignment.
> It's wrong, in my setup it should be 64 bytes. This looks like a gcc bug,
> but it doesn't change the fact that irq_desc is misaligned.
> Signed-off-by: Andrey Ryabinin <a.ryabinin@xxxxxxxxxxx>

I think this is just fine, I would just prefer that you do the memset()
explicitly rather than introduce the new slab function for such a
specialized purpose (unless there's other examples in the kernel where
this would be useful).
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