On 04/07/2018 02:54 AM, Wang, Haiyue wrote:
Hi Corey,

Since IPMI 2.0 just defined minimum, no maximum:


KCS/SMIC Input : Required: 40 bytes IPMI Message, minimum

KCS/SMIC Output : Required: 38 bytes IPMI Message, minimum

Yes, though there are practical maximums that are much smaller than 1000 bytes.


We can enlarge the block size for avoiding waste, and make our driver

support most worst message size case. And I think this patch make checking

simple (from 3 to 1), and the code clean, this is the biggest reason I want to

change. The TLB is just memory management study from book, no data to

support access improvement. :)

I would argue that the way it is now expresses the intent of the code better
than one allocation split into three parts.  Expressing your intent is more
important than the number of checks and a minuscule performance
improvement.  For me it makes the code easier to understand.  If you had
a tool that checked for out-of-bounds memory access, then a single allocation
might not find an overrun between the parts.  Smaller allocations tend
to result in less memory fragmentation.

My preference is to leave it as it is.  However, it's not that important, and
if you really want this patch, I can include it.





On 2018-04-07 10:37, Wang, Haiyue wrote:

On 2018-04-07 05:47, Corey Minyard wrote:
On 03/15/2018 07:20 AM, Haiyue Wang wrote:
Allocate a continuous memory block for the three KCS data buffers with
related index assignment.

I'm finally getting to this.

Is there a reason you want to do this?  In general, it's better to not try to
outsmart your base system.  Depending on the memory allocator, in this
case, you might actually use more memory.  You probably won't use any

I got this idea from another code review, but that patch allocates 30 more the same size memory block, reducing the devm_kmalloc call will be better.
For KCS only have 3, may be the key point is memory waste.

In the original case, you allocate three 1000 byte buffers, resulting in 3
1024 byte slab allocated.

In the changed case, you will allocate a 3000 byte buffer, resulting in
a single 4096 byte slab allocation, wasting 1024 more bytes of memory.

As the kcs has memory copy between in/out/kbuffer, put them in the same
page will be better ? Such as the same TLB ? (Well, I just got this from book,
no real experience of memory accessing performance. And also, I was told
that using space to save the time. :-)).

Just my stupid thinking. I'm OK to drop this patch if it doesn't help with
performance, or something else.



Signed-off-by: Haiyue Wang <haiyue.w...@linux.intel.com>
  drivers/char/ipmi/kcs_bmc.c | 10 ++++++----
  1 file changed, 6 insertions(+), 4 deletions(-)

diff --git a/drivers/char/ipmi/kcs_bmc.c b/drivers/char/ipmi/kcs_bmc.c
index fbfc05e..dc19c0d 100644
--- a/drivers/char/ipmi/kcs_bmc.c
+++ b/drivers/char/ipmi/kcs_bmc.c
@@ -435,6 +435,7 @@ static const struct file_operations kcs_bmc_fops = {   struct kcs_bmc *kcs_bmc_alloc(struct device *dev, int sizeof_priv, u32 channel)
      struct kcs_bmc *kcs_bmc;
+    void *buf;
        kcs_bmc = devm_kzalloc(dev, sizeof(*kcs_bmc) + sizeof_priv, GFP_KERNEL);
      if (!kcs_bmc)
@@ -448,11 +449,12 @@ struct kcs_bmc *kcs_bmc_alloc(struct device *dev, int sizeof_priv, u32 channel)
  -    kcs_bmc->data_in = devm_kmalloc(dev, KCS_MSG_BUFSIZ, GFP_KERNEL); -    kcs_bmc->data_out = devm_kmalloc(dev, KCS_MSG_BUFSIZ, GFP_KERNEL);
-    kcs_bmc->kbuffer = devm_kmalloc(dev, KCS_MSG_BUFSIZ, GFP_KERNEL);
-    if (!kcs_bmc->data_in || !kcs_bmc->data_out || !kcs_bmc->kbuffer)
+    buf = devm_kmalloc_array(dev, 3, KCS_MSG_BUFSIZ, GFP_KERNEL);
+    if (!buf)
          return NULL;
+    kcs_bmc->data_in  = buf;
+    kcs_bmc->data_out = buf + KCS_MSG_BUFSIZ;
+    kcs_bmc->kbuffer  = buf + KCS_MSG_BUFSIZ * 2;
        kcs_bmc->miscdev.minor = MISC_DYNAMIC_MINOR;
      kcs_bmc->miscdev.name = dev_name(dev);

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