[PATCH] powerpc:Fix rheap alignment problem

Pantelis Antoniou pantelis.antoniou at gmail.com
Sun Jul 2 15:18:26 EST 2006

On Sunday 02 July 2006 06:54, Rune Torgersen wrote:
> From: Pantelis Antoniou
> Sent: Sat 7/1/2006 9:50 AM
> >Since genalloc is the blessed linux thing it might be best to use that & remove
> >rheap completely. Oh well...
> Two problems with genalloc that I can see (for CPM programming):
> 1) (minor) Does not have a way to specify alignment (genalloc does it for you)
> 2) (major problerm, at least for me) Does not have a way to allocate a specified address in the pool.
> 2 is needed esp when programming MCC drivers, since a lot of the datastructures must be in DP RAM _and_ be in a specific spot. And if you cannot tell the allocator that I am using a specific address, then the allocator might very well give somebody else that portion of RAM. The only solution without a fixed allocator is to allocate ALL memory in the DP RAM and use your own allocator. 

Yeah, that too.

Too bad there are no main tree drivers like that, but they do exist.

One could conceivably hack genalloc to do that, but will end up with
something complex too.

BTW, there are other uEngine based architectures with similar alignment

So in conclusion, for the in-tree drivers genalloc is sufficient as an cpm memory allocator.
For some out of tree drivers, it is not.


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