Re: [PATCH v3] slob: add size header to all allocations

From: Vlastimil Babka
Date: Tue Nov 16 2021 - 06:26:54 EST

On 10/29/21 05:05, Rustam Kovhaev wrote:
> Let's prepend both kmalloc() and kmem_cache_alloc() allocations with the
> size header.
> It simplifies the slab API and guarantees that both kmem_cache_alloc()
> and kmalloc() memory could be freed by kfree().
> meminfo right after the system boot, x86-64 on xfs, without the patch:
> Slab: 35456 kB
> the same, with the patch:
> Slab: 36100 kB
> Link:
> Signed-off-by: Rustam Kovhaev <rkovhaev@xxxxxxxxx>

Sorry for the late reply. I think we can further simplify this. We have:

static void *slob_alloc(size_t size, gfp_t gfp, int align,
int node, int align_offset)

Previously there was one caller that passed size as unchanged, align_offset
= 0, the other passed size + SLOB_HDR_SIZE, align_offset = SLOB_HDR_SIZE.
Now both callers do the latter. We can drop the align_offset parameter and
pass size unchanged. slob_alloc() can internally add SLOB_HDR_SIZE to size,
and use SLOB_HDR_SIZE instead of align_offset.