Re: [PATCH] SLUB: revert direct page allocator pass through

From: Zhang, Yanmin
Date: Fri Jan 23 2009 - 04:22:57 EST

On Fri, 2009-01-23 at 10:43 +0200, Pekka J Enberg wrote:
> From: Pekka Enberg <penberg@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
> This patch reverts page allocator pass-through logic from the SLUB allocator.
> Commit aadb4bc4a1f9108c1d0fbd121827c936c2ed4217 ("SLUB: direct pass through of
> page size or higher kmalloc requests") added page allocator pass-through to the
> SLUB allocator for large sized allocations. This, however, results in a
> performance regression compared to SLAB in the netperf UDP-U-4k test.
> The regression comes from the kfree(skb->head) call in skb_release_data() that
> is subject to page allocator pass-through as the size passed to __alloc_skb()
> is larger than 4 KB in this test. With this patch, the performance regression
> is almost closed:
> <insert numbers here>
> Reported-by: "Zhang, Yanmin" <yanmin_zhang@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
> Tested-by: "Zhang, Yanmin" <yanmin_zhang@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
> Signed-off-by: Pekka Enberg <penberg@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
> ---
> Yanmin, do you still have the relevant numbers I could cut and paste to
> the patch description?
I use 2.6.29-rc2 kernel to run netperf UDP-U-4k CPU_NUM client/server pair loopback testing
on x86-64 machines. Comparing with SLUB, SLAB's result is about 2.3 times of SLUB's.
After applying the reverting patch, the result difference between SLUB and SLAB becomes 1%
which we might consider as fluctuation.


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