On Tue, Feb 13, 2018 at 7:00 PM, Frank Rowand <frowand.l...@gmail.com> wrote:
> Hi Rob,
> On 02/11/18 22:56, Frank Rowand wrote:
>> Hi Rob,
>> On 02/11/18 22:27, frowand.l...@gmail.com wrote:
>>> From: Frank Rowand <frank.row...@sony.com>
>>> Create a cache of the nodes that contain a phandle property.  Use this
>>> cache to find the node for a given phandle value instead of scanning
>>> the devicetree to find the node.  If the phandle value is not found
>>> in the cache, of_find_node_by_phandle() will fall back to the tree
>>> scan algorithm.
>>> The cache is initialized in of_core_init().
>>> The cache is freed via a late_initcall_sync() if modules are not
>>> enabled.
>>> Signed-off-by: Frank Rowand <frank.row...@sony.com>
>>> ---
>>> Changes since v1:
>>>   - change short description from
>>>     of: cache phandle nodes to reduce cost of of_find_node_by_phandle()
>>>   - rebase on v4.16-rc1
>>>   - reorder new functions in base.c to avoid forward declaration
>>>   - add locking around kfree(phandle_cache) for memory ordering
>>>   - add explicit check for non-null of phandle_cache in
>>>     of_find_node_by_phandle().  There is already a check for !handle,
>>>     which prevents accessing a null phandle_cache, but that dependency
>>>     is not obvious, so this check makes it more apparent.
>>>   - do not free phandle_cache if modules are enabled, so that
>>>     cached phandles will be available when modules are loaded
>> < snip >
>> In a previous thread, you said:
>>> We should be able to do this earlier. We already walk the tree twice
>>> in unflattening. We can get the max phandle (or number of phandles
>>> IMO) on the first pass, allocate with the early allocator and then
>>> populate the cache in the 2nd pass. AIUI, you can alloc with memblock
>>> and then free with kfree as the memblock allocations get transferred
>>> to the slab.
>> And I replied:
>>    Thanks for pointing out that kfree() can be used for memory alloced
>>    with memblock.  I'll change to populate the cache earlier.
>> I started to make this change when I moved forward to v4.16-rc1.  There
>> are two obvious ways to do this.
> < snip >
> And I did not finish the explanation, sorry.  I meant to finish with saying
> that given the drawbacks that I ended up not making the change for v2.
> While modifying the patch to respond to the v2 comments, I decided to go
> ahead and try using memblock to alloc memory earlier.  The result I got
> was that when I tried to kfree() the memory at late_initcall_sync I got
> a panic.  The alloc function I used is memblock_virt_alloc().  You mention
> "slab" specifically.  Maybe the problem is that my system is using "slub"
> instead.  Dunno...

Maybe memblock_free() still works? Or there's something else that
needs to be done to transfer them. In any case, I guess doing it later
is fine.

And by slab, I mean the allocator, not the implementation (which can
be slab, slub, or slob).


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