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From: Seth Jennings <sjenning <at> linux.vnet.ibm.com>
Subject: [PATCH 0/3] staging: zcache: xcfmalloc support
Newsgroups: gmane.linux.drivers.driver-project.devel
Date: Wednesday 31st August 2011 14:40:38 UTC (over 6 years ago)
This patchset introduces a new memory allocator for persistent
pages for zcache.  The current allocator is xvmalloc.  xvmalloc
has two notable limitations:
* High (up to 50%) external fragmentation on allocation sets > PAGE_SIZE/2
* No compaction support which reduces page reclaimation

xcfmalloc seeks to fix these issues by using scatter-gather model that
allows for cross-page allocations and relocatable data blocks.

In tests, with pages that only compress to 75% of their original
size, xvmalloc had an effective compression (pages stored / pages used by
the
compressed memory pool) of ~95% (~20% lost to fragmentation). Almost
nothing
was gained by the compression in this case. xcfmalloc had an effective
compression of ~77% (about ~2% lost to fragmentation and metadata
overhead).

xcfmalloc uses the same locking scheme as xvmalloc; a single pool-level
spinlock.  This can lead to some contention.  However, in my tests on a 4
way SMP system, the contention was minimal (200 contentions out of 600k
aquisitions).  The locking scheme may be able to be improved in the future.
In tests, xcfmalloc and xvmalloc had identical throughputs.

While the xcfmalloc design lends itself to compaction, this is not yet
implemented.  Support will be added in a follow-on patch.

Based on 3.1-rc4.

Seth Jennings (3):
  staging: zcache: xcfmalloc memory allocator for zcache
  staging: zcache: replace xvmalloc with xcfmalloc
  staging: zcache: add zv_page_count and zv_desc_count

 drivers/staging/zcache/Makefile      |    2 +-
 drivers/staging/zcache/xcfmalloc.c   |  653
++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
 drivers/staging/zcache/xcfmalloc.h   |   29 ++
 drivers/staging/zcache/zcache-main.c |  154 ++++++---
 4 files changed, 791 insertions(+), 47 deletions(-)
 create mode 100644 drivers/staging/zcache/xcfmalloc.c
 create mode 100644 drivers/staging/zcache/xcfmalloc.h

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