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SubjectRe: [PATCH 7/9] net: use kvmalloc with __GFP_REPEAT rather than open coded variant
On Thu 30-03-17 16:21:43, Shakeel Butt wrote:
> On Mon, Mar 6, 2017 at 2:33 AM, Michal Hocko <> wrote:
> > From: Michal Hocko <>
> >
> > fq_alloc_node, alloc_netdev_mqs and netif_alloc* open code kmalloc
> > with vmalloc fallback. Use the kvmalloc variant instead. Keep the
> > __GFP_REPEAT flag based on explanation from Eric:
> > "
> > At the time, tests on the hardware I had in my labs showed that
> > vmalloc() could deliver pages spread all over the memory and that was a
> > small penalty (once memory is fragmented enough, not at boot time)
> > "
> >
> > The way how the code is constructed means, however, that we prefer to go
> > and hit the OOM killer before we fall back to the vmalloc for requests
> > <=32kB (with 4kB pages) in the current code. This is rather disruptive for
> > something that can be achived with the fallback. On the other hand
> > __GFP_REPEAT doesn't have any useful semantic for these requests. So the
> > effect of this patch is that requests smaller than 64kB will fallback to
> I am a bit confused about this 64kB, shouldn't it be <=32kB (with 4kB

You are right. I just forgot to update wording. "mm: support
__GFP_REPEAT in kvmalloc_node for >32kB" was fixed but this one stayed
in place.

s@smaller than 64kB@which fit into 32kB@

Andrew could you update the changelog please?
Michal Hocko

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