[RFC] genalloc:add an gen_pool_alloc_align func to genalloc

Laura Abbott labbott at redhat.com
Fri Jul 10 08:38:51 AEST 2015

On 07/09/2015 03:17 PM, Scott Wood wrote:
> On Thu, 2015-07-09 at 14:51 -0700, Laura Abbott wrote:
>> On 07/09/2015 12:47 AM, Zhao Qiang wrote:
>>> Bytes alignment is required to manage some special ram,
>>> so add gen_pool_alloc_align func to genalloc.
>>> rename gen_pool_alloc to gen_pool_alloc_align with a align parameter,
>>> then provide gen_pool_alloc to call gen_pool_alloc_align with
>>> align = 1 Byte.
>>> Signed-off-by: Zhao Qiang <B45475 at freescale.com>
>>> ---
>>> FSL's IP block QE require this function to manage muram.
>>> QE supported only PowerPC, and its code was put under arch/powerpc
>>> directory,
>>> using arch/powerpc/lib/rheap.c to manage muram.
>>> Now it support both arm(ls1021,ls1043,ls2085 and such on) and powerpc,
>>> the code need to move from arch/powerpc to public direcory,
>>> Scott wood hopes to use genalloc to manage the muram, after discussing
>>> with scott, we decide to add gen_pool_alloc_align to meet the requirement
>>> for bytes-alignment.
>> gen_pool supports custom allocation algorithms. I thought this was discussed
>> previously and the conclusion was that if you wanted alignment you should
>> use custom allocation algorithms. I'm failing at finding any thread
>> discussing it though.
> I hope that by "custom algorithm" you don't mean something implemented
> outside lib/genalloc.c, as this does not seem like such a specialized
> requirement that everyone must reimplement it separately.

If the functions are generic enough (which I think they are) they could stay
in genalloc.c as another option for people to use.

>> Perhaps another option would be to add another runtime argument to gen_pool
>> where you could pass the alignment to your custom allocation function. This
>> way alignment isn't inherently coded into any of the algorithms.
> That wouldn't let the alignment change for each allocation (and could already
> be done with pool->data).  I suppose one could call get_pool_set_algo() with
> different data (or modify the memory that pool->data is already pointing to)
> before each allocation, but that's a bit clunky...  If making alignment part
> of the mainstream flow is undesired for some reason, how about a
> gen_pool_alloc_data() that lets it be passed in per-allocation (with
> gen_pool_alloc() being a wrapper that passes in pool->data)?

Yes, that's what I was thinking. I dropped the alloc from my 'runtime argument
to gen_pool_alloc' so it wasn't clear I was talking about allocation time and
not pool creation time.

> Yes, I know, we could do it in a wrapper (like cpm_muram_alloc()
> unnecessarily does), but why not make the interface better match the way it's
> used?


> -Scott


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