Re: [RFC simple allocator v2 1/2] Create Simple Allocator module

From: Benjamin Gaignard
Date: Wed Feb 15 2017 - 03:51:38 EST

2017-02-14 20:59 GMT+01:00 Laurent Pinchart <laurent.pinchart@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>:
> Hi Daniel,
> On Tuesday 14 Feb 2017 20:44:44 Daniel Vetter wrote:
>> On Tue, Feb 14, 2017 at 8:39 PM, Laurent Pinchart wrote:
>> > On Tuesday 14 Feb 2017 20:33:58 Daniel Vetter wrote:
>> >> On Mon, Feb 13, 2017 at 3:45 PM, Benjamin Gaignard wrote:
>> >>> This is the core of simple allocator module.
>> >>> It aim to offert one common ioctl to allocate specific memory.
>> >>>
>> >>> version 2:
>> >>> - rebased on 4.10-rc7
>> >>>
>> >>> Signed-off-by: Benjamin Gaignard <benjamin.gaignard@xxxxxxxxxx>
>> >>
>> >> Why not ION? It's a bit a broken record question, but if there is a
>> >> clear answer it should be in the patch&docs ...
>> >
>> > There's a bit of love & hate relationship between Linux developers and
>> > ION. The API has shortcomings, and attempts to fix the issues went
>> > nowhere. As Laura explained, starting from a blank slate (obviously
>> > keeping in mind the lessons learnt so far with ION and other similar APIs)
>> > and then adding a wrapper to expose ION on Android systems (at least as an
>> > interim measure) was thought to be a better option. I still believe it is,
>> > but we seem to lack traction. The problem has been around for so long that
>> > I feel everybody has lost hope.
>> >
>> > I don't think this is unsolvable, but we need to regain motivation. In my
>> > opinion the first step would be to define the precise extent of the
>> > problem we want to solve.
>> I'm not sure anyone really tried hard enough (in the same way no one
>> tried hard enough to destage android syncpts, until last year). And
>> anything new should at least very clearly explain why ION (even with
>> the various todo items we collected at a few conferences) won't work,
>> and how exactly the new allocator is different from ION. I don't think
>> we need a full design doc (like you say, buffer allocation is hard,
>> we'll get it wrong anyway), but at least a proper comparison with the
>> existing thing. Plus explanation why we can't reuse the uabi.
> I've explained several of my concerns (including open questions that need
> answers) in another reply to this patch, let's discuss them there to avoid
> splitting the discussion.
>> Because ime when you rewrite something, you generally get one thing
>> right (the one thing that pissed you off about the old solution), plus
>> lots and lots of things that the old solution got right, wrong
>> (because it's all lost in the history).
> History, repeating mistakes, all that. History never repeats itself though. We
> might make similar or identical mistakes, but there's no fatality, unless we
> decide not to try before even starting :-)
>> ADF was probably the best example in this. KMS also took a while until all
>> the fbdev wheels have been properly reinvented (some are still the same old
>> squeaky onces as fbdev had, e.g. fbcon).
>> And I don't think destaging ION is going to be hard, just a bit of
>> work (could be a nice gsoc or whatever).
> Oh, technically speaking, it would be pretty simple. The main issue is to
> decide whether we want to commit to the existing ION API. I don't :-)

I think that Laura have give her felling about ION when commenting the previous
version of this patchset:

> --
> Regards,
> Laurent Pinchart