RE: [PATCH] mwifiex: add __GFP_REPEAT to skb allocation call

From: Amitkumar Karwar
Date: Tue Mar 29 2016 - 06:52:05 EST

> From: Wei-Ning Huang [mailto:wnhuang@xxxxxxxxxx]
> Sent: Tuesday, March 29, 2016 2:57 PM
> To: Kalle Valo
> Cc: Linux Wireless; LKML; Amitkumar Karwar; Nishant Sarmukadam; Sameer
> Nanda; netdev@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx; Sonny Rao; Douglas Anderson
> Subject: Re: [PATCH] mwifiex: add __GFP_REPEAT to skb allocation call
> Adding some chromium devs to the thread.
> In,
> The default mm retry allocation when 'order <= PAGE_ALLOC_COSTLY_ORDER'
> of gfp_mask contains __GFP_REPEAT.
> PAGE_ALLOC_COSTLY_ORDER is defined to be 3. On systems with page size =
> 4K, this means memory compaction and retry is only done when the size of
> allocation is <= 32K In mwifiex, the allocation size is 64K. When we
> have system with memory fragmentation and allocation failed, there will
> be no retry.
> This is why we need to add __GFP_REPEAT here to allow the system to
> perform memory compaction and retry allocation.
> Maybe Amit@marvell can comment on if this is a good fix on this issue.
> I'm also aware that marvell is the progress of implementing
> scatter/gatter for mwifiex, which can also fix the issue.
> Wei-Ning

This fix would be useful. We have a feature called single port aggregation in which sometimes data received from SDIO interface can be >32k (but less than 64k). This feature improves throughput performance. We are preparing patches for scatter/gather feature. but scatter/gather won't be supported by some platforms. Hence this fix would still be needed.