Re: [PATCH v4] slob: add size header to all allocations

From: Vlastimil Babka
Date: Mon Nov 22 2021 - 06:49:40 EST

On 11/22/21 12:40, Christoph Lameter wrote:
> On Mon, 22 Nov 2021, Vlastimil Babka wrote:
>> It's no problem to have the real beginning of the object aligned, and the
>> prepended header not. The code already does that before this patch for the
>> kmalloc power-of-two alignments, where e.g. the object can be aligned to 256
>> bytes, but the prepended header to a smaller ARCH_KMALLOC_MINALIGN /
> Ok but then the first object in a page may still have those issues.

Hmm, that's right. I guess we should also distinguish ARCH_KMALLOC_MINALIGN
for kmalloc paths, and ARCH_SLAB_MINALIGN for kmem_cache_alloc paths. Seems
the latter is generally smaller, thus some holes left by kmalloc allocations
could be filled later by kmem_cache_alloc allocations.

>> > I dont know but it seems that making slob that sophisticated is counter
>> > productive. Remove SLOB?
>> I wouldn't mind, but somebody might :)
> Well run a space efficiency analysis after this patch. If the memory used
> is larger than SLUB (with the configuration for minimal data footprint)
> then there is no reason for SLOB to continue.

Makes sense.