[Linaro-mm-sig] [PATCH 08/10] mm: cma: Contiguous Memory Allocator added

Thomas Hellstrom thellstrom at vmware.com
Wed Jun 15 09:12:21 EDT 2011

On 06/15/2011 01:53 PM, Daniel Vetter wrote:
> On Tue, Jun 14, 2011 at 20:30, Arnd Bergmann<arnd at arndb.de>  wrote:
>> On Tuesday 14 June 2011 18:58:35 Michal Nazarewicz wrote:
>>> Ah yes, I forgot that separate regions for different purposes could
>>> decrease fragmentation.
>> That is indeed a good point, but having a good allocator algorithm
>> could also solve this. I don't know too much about these allocation
>> algorithms, but there are probably multiple working approaches to this.
> imo no allocator algorithm is gonna help if you have comparably large,
> variable-sized contiguous allocations out of a restricted address range.
> It might work well enough if there are only a few sizes and/or there's
> decent headroom. But for really generic workloads this would require
> sync objects and eviction callbacks (i.e. what Thomas Hellstrom pushed
> with ttm).

Indeed, IIRC on the meeting I pointed out that there is no way to 
generically solve the fragmentation problem without movable buffers. 
(I'd do it as a simple CMA backend to TTM). This is exactly the same 
problem as trying to fit buffers in a limited VRAM area.


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