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From: Joonsoo Kim <iamjoonsoo.kim <at> lge.com>
Subject: [PATCH 0/4] slab: implement byte sized indexes for the freelist of a slab
Newsgroups: gmane.linux.kernel
Date: Monday 2nd September 2013 08:38:54 UTC (over 3 years ago)
This patchset implements byte sized indexes for the freelist of a slab.

Currently, the freelist of a slab consist of unsigned int sized indexes.
Most of slabs have less number of objects than 256, so much space is
wasted.
To reduce this overhead, this patchset implements byte sized indexes for
the freelist of a slab. With it, we can save 3 bytes for each objects.

This introduce one likely branch to functions used for setting/getting
objects to/from the freelist, but we may get more benefits from
this change.

Below is some numbers of 'cat /proc/slabinfo' related to my previous
posting
and this patchset.


* Before *
# name               
 : tunables [snip...]
kmalloc-512          525    640    512    8    1 : tunables   54   27    0
: slabdata     80     80      0   
kmalloc-256          210    210    256   15    1 : tunables  120   60    0
: slabdata     14     14      0   
kmalloc-192         1016   1040    192   20    1 : tunables  120   60    0
: slabdata     52     52      0   
kmalloc-96           560    620    128   31    1 : tunables  120   60    0
: slabdata     20     20      0   
kmalloc-64          2148   2280     64   60    1 : tunables  120   60    0
: slabdata     38     38      0   
kmalloc-128          647    682    128   31    1 : tunables  120   60    0
: slabdata     22     22      0   
kmalloc-32         11360  11413     32  113    1 : tunables  120   60    0
: slabdata    101    101      0   
kmem_cache           197    200    192   20    1 : tunables  120   60    0
: slabdata     10     10      0   

* After my previous posting(overload struct slab over struct page) *
# name               
 : tunables [snip...]
kmalloc-512          527    600    512    8    1 : tunables   54   27    0
: slabdata     75     75      0   
kmalloc-256          210    210    256   15    1 : tunables  120   60    0
: slabdata     14     14      0   
kmalloc-192         1040   1040    192   20    1 : tunables  120   60    0
: slabdata     52     52      0   
kmalloc-96           750    750    128   30    1 : tunables  120   60    0
: slabdata     25     25      0   
kmalloc-64          2773   2773     64   59    1 : tunables  120   60    0
: slabdata     47     47      0   
kmalloc-128          660    690    128   30    1 : tunables  120   60    0
: slabdata     23     23      0   
kmalloc-32         11200  11200     32  112    1 : tunables  120   60    0
: slabdata    100    100      0   
kmem_cache           197    200    192   20    1 : tunables  120   60    0
: slabdata     10     10      0   

kmem_caches consisting of objects less than or equal to 128 byte have one
more
objects in a slab. You can see it at objperslab.

We can improve further with this patchset.

* My previous posting + this patchset *
# name               
 : tunables [snip...]
kmalloc-512          521    648    512    8    1 : tunables   54   27    0
: slabdata     81     81      0
kmalloc-256          208    208    256   16    1 : tunables  120   60    0
: slabdata     13     13      0
kmalloc-192         1029   1029    192   21    1 : tunables  120   60    0
: slabdata     49     49      0
kmalloc-96           529    589    128   31    1 : tunables  120   60    0
: slabdata     19     19      0
kmalloc-64          2142   2142     64   63    1 : tunables  120   60    0
: slabdata     34     34      0
kmalloc-128          660    682    128   31    1 : tunables  120   60    0
: slabdata     22     22      0
kmalloc-32         11716  11780     32  124    1 : tunables  120   60    0
: slabdata     95     95      0
kmem_cache           197    210    192   21    1 : tunables  120   60    0
: slabdata     10     10      0

kmem_caches consisting of objects less than or equal to 256 byte have
one or more objects than before. In the case of kmalloc-32, we have 12 more
objects, so 384 bytes (12 * 32) are saved and this is roughly 9% saving of
memory. Of couse, this percentage decreases as the number of objects
in a slab decreases.

Please let me know expert's opions :)
Thanks.

This patchset comes from a Christoph's idea.
https://lkml.org/lkml/2013/8/23/315

Patches are on top of my previous posting.
https://lkml.org/lkml/2013/8/22/137

Joonsoo Kim (4):
  slab: factor out calculate nr objects in cache_estimate
  slab: introduce helper functions to get/set free object
  slab: introduce byte sized index for the freelist of a slab
  slab: make more slab management structure off the slab

 mm/slab.c |  138
+++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++----------------
 1 file changed, 103 insertions(+), 35 deletions(-)

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