[RFC v4] genalloc:support memory-allocation with bytes-alignment to genalloc

Scott Wood scottwood at freescale.com
Thu Aug 6 13:13:49 AEST 2015

On Wed, 2015-08-05 at 14:50 +0800, Zhao Qiang wrote:
> Bytes alignment is required to manage some special RAM,
> so add gen_pool_first_fit_align to genalloc,
> meanwhile add gen_pool_alloc_data to pass data to
> gen_pool_first_fit_align(modify gen_pool_alloc as a wrapper)
> Signed-off-by: Zhao Qiang <qiang.zhao at freescale.com>
> ---
> *v2:
> changes:
> title has been modified, original patch link: 
> http://patchwork.ozlabs.org/patch/493297/
> original patch add a func gen_pool_alloc_align, 
> then pass alignment to it as an parameter.
> after discussing with lauraa and scott, they recommend 
> to pass alignment as part of data based on 
> commit message for ca279cf1065fb689abea1dc7d8c11787729bb185 which adds 
> "data":
> "As I can't predict all the possible requirements/needs for all allocation  
> uses cases, I add a "free" field 'void *data' to pass any needed     
> information to the allocation function.  For example 'data' could be used   
> to handle a structure where you store the alignment, the expected memory    
> bank, the requester device, or any information that could influence the     
> allocation algorithm."
> *v3:
> changes:
> title has been modified, original patch link: 
> http://patchwork.ozlabs.org/patch/500317/
> according to the comments, add gen_pool_alloc_data,
> modify gen_pool_alloc as a wrapper, define struct data_align
> for gen_pool_first_fit_align algorithm. add parameter 
> pointer pool to algorithm.
> *v4:
> changes:
> v3 link: 
> http://patchwork.ozlabs.org/patch/500317/
> There are comments for v3, according to the comments,
> modify the patch for v4. such as modifying annotations,
> removing unnecessary chek, removing unnecessary cast and so on.
>  include/linux/genalloc.h | 23 +++++++++++++++----
>  lib/genalloc.c           | 58 +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++--
> ---
>  2 files changed, 72 insertions(+), 9 deletions(-)

Looks good to me (except a minor change to the comments described below); 
send a non-RFC patch with the patches that use it.

> @@ -500,15 +518,42 @@ EXPORT_SYMBOL(gen_pool_set_algo);
>   * @start: The bitnumber to start searching at
>   * @nr: The number of zeroed bits we're looking for
>   * @data: additional data - unused
> + * @pool: unused, but the algorithm functions have same format.
>   */

Describe what pool actually is.  Whether it's used is irrelevant (and you can 
assume the reader knows that all algorithm functions have the same 
signature).  @data is different because it's defined per-algorithm and thus 
unused means no definition.

In other words, the purpose of these headers is to be a guide to the caller 
of the function, describing the API, not the function internals.


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