Re: [PATCH] radeon: use vmalloc instead of kmalloc

From: Dave Airlie
Date: Tue Jun 23 2009 - 07:42:53 EST

On Tue, Jun 23, 2009 at 9:35 PM, Peter Zijlstra<peterz@xxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
> On Mon, 2009-06-22 at 19:26 +0200, Jerome Glisse wrote:
>> We don't need to allocated contiguous pages in cs codepath
>> so use vmalloc instead.
> Best would be to not require >PAGE_SIZE allocations at all of course.

It gets messy when you have copy from user and spinlocks, it would be nice
to just parse the userspace PAGE_SIZE at a time, but it would mean dropping
a lock we probably need to hold.

> But barring that, it would be great to have something like:
>  ptr = kmalloc(size, GFP_KERNEL | __GFP_NOWARN);
>  if (!ptr)
>    ptr = vmalloc(size);

we have a drm_calloc_large workaround already for the Intel driver which also
need this.
> Also, how long do these allocations live? vmalloc space can be quite
> limited (i386) and it can fragment too.

Only an ioctl lifetime so they aren't that bad. We however do have some vmaps
that might be quite large, mainly the fbcon framebuffer (up to 8MB in
some cases)

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