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

Philip Balister philip at balister.org
Wed Jun 15 20:48:12 EDT 2011

On 06/15/2011 12:37 AM, Arnd Bergmann wrote:
> On Wednesday 15 June 2011 09:11:39 Marek Szyprowski wrote:
>> I see your concerns, but I really wonder how to determine the properties
>> of the global/default cma pool. You definitely don't want to give all
>> available memory o CMA, because it will have negative impact on kernel
>> operation (kernel really needs to allocate unmovable pages from time to
>> time).
> Exactly. This is a hard problem, so I would prefer to see a solution for
> coming up with reasonable defaults.

Is this a situation where passing the information from device tree might 
help? I know this does not help short term, but I am trying to 
understand the sorts of problems device tree can help solve.


>> The only solution I see now is to provide Kconfig entry to determine
>> the size of the global CMA pool, but this still have some issues,
>> especially for multi-board kernels (each board probably will have
>> different amount of RAM and different memory-consuming devices
>> available). It looks that each board startup code still might need to
>> tweak the size of CMA pool. I can add a kernel command line option for
>> it, but such solution also will not solve all the cases (afair there
>> was a discussion about kernel command line parameters for memory
>> configuration and the conclusion was that it should be avoided).
> The command line option can be a last resort if the heuristics fail,
> but it's not much better than a fixed Kconfig setting.
> How about a Kconfig option that defines the percentage of memory
> to set aside for contiguous allocations?
> 	Arnd
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