Re: [PATCH 16/16] mm/slab: introduce new slab management type, OBJFREELIST_SLAB

From: Vlastimil Babka
Date: Wed Jan 27 2016 - 08:35:13 EST

On 01/14/2016 06:24 AM, Joonsoo Kim wrote:
> In fact, I tested another idea implementing OBJFREELIST_SLAB with
> extendable linked array through another freed object. It can remove
> memory waste completely but it causes more computational overhead
> in critical lock path and it seems that overhead outweigh benefit.
> So, this patch doesn't include it.

Can you elaborate? Do we actually need an extendable linked array? Why not just
store the pointer to the next free object into the object, NULL for the last
one? I.e. a singly-linked list. We should never need to actually traverse it?

freeing object obj:
*obj = page->freelist;
page->freelist = obj;

allocating object:
obj = page->freelist;
page->freelist = *obj;
*obj = NULL;

That means two writes, but if we omit managing page->active, it's not an
increase. For counting free objects, we would need to traverse the list, but
that's only needed for debugging?

Also during bulk operations, page->freelist could be updated just once at the
very end.