Re: [PATCH 3/5] cifsd: add file operations

From: Matthew Wilcox
Date: Mon Mar 22 2021 - 10:42:23 EST

On Mon, Mar 22, 2021 at 02:57:18PM +0100, Christoph Hellwig wrote:
> On Mon, Mar 22, 2021 at 06:03:21PM +0900, Sergey Senozhatsky wrote:
> > On (21/03/22 08:15), Matthew Wilcox wrote:
> > >
> > > What's the scenario for which your allocator performs better than slub
> > >
> >
> > IIRC request and reply buffers can be up to 4M in size. So this stuff
> > just allocates a number of fat buffers and keeps them around so that
> > it doesn't have to vmalloc(4M) for every request and every response.
> Do we have any data suggesting it is faster than vmalloc?

Oh, I have no trouble believing it's faster than vmalloc. Here's
the fast(!) path that always has memory available, never does retries.
I'm calling out the things I perceive as expensive on the right hand side.
Also, I'm taking the 4MB size as the example.

[allocates vm_struct]
[allocates vmap_area]
[takes free_vmap_area_lock]
[walks free_vmap_area_root]
[takes vmap_area_lock]
... array_size is 8KiB, we call __vmalloc_node
[everything we did above, all over again,
two more allocations, two more lock acquire]
alloc_pages_node(), 1024 times
[allocate at least two pages for PTEs]

There's definitely some low handling fruit here. __vmalloc_area_node()
should probably call kvmalloc_node() instead of __vmalloc_node() for
table sizes > 4KiB. But a lot of this is inherent to how vmalloc works,
and we need to put a cache in front of it. Just not this one.