Re: [RFC PATCH V2 0/4] Reducing parameters of alloc_pages* family of functions

From: Vlastimil Babka
Date: Mon Dec 08 2014 - 03:32:30 EST

On 12/06/2014 02:07 AM, Linus Torvalds wrote:
On Fri, Dec 5, 2014 at 11:59 AM, Vlastimil Babka <vbabka@xxxxxxx> wrote:
Hey all,

this is a V2 of attempting something that has been discussed when Minchan
proposed to expand the x86 kernel stack [1], namely the reduction of huge
number of parameters that the alloc_pages* family and get_page_from_freelist()
functions have.

So I generally like this, but looking at that "struct alloc_context",
one member kind of stands out: the "order" parameter doesn't fit in
with all the other members.

Most everything else is describing where or what kind of pages to work
with. The "order" in contrast, really is separate.

So conceptually, my reaction is that it looks like a good cleanup even
aside from the code/stack size reduction, but that the alloc_context
definition is a bit odd.

Quite frankly, I think the :"order" really fits much more closely with
"alloc_flags", not with the alloc_context. Because like alloc_flags,.
it really describes how we need to allocate things within the context,
I'd argue.

In fact, I think that the order could actually be packed with the
alloc_flags in a single register, even on 32-bit (using a single-word
structure, perhaps). If we really care about number of parameters.

I'd rather go for "makes conceptual sense" over "packs order in
because it kind of works" and we don't modify it".


Thanks for the suggestions, order indeed stands out. I'll check if it makes more sense to have it separately, or pack as you suggest. Packing
could perhaps bring more complexity than the benefit of less parameters. But the suggestion made me realize that migratetype could be also packed into alloc_flags and it would be more straightforward for that than order.

With order and migratetype out, everything left in alloc_context would be about nodes and zones, which is also good I guess. Maybe a different name for the structure then?



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