Philippe Gerum wrote: > On Fri, 2006-10-20 at 20:13 +0200, Jan Kiszka wrote: >> Hi, >> >> here comes a patch series for an idea I have in mind for quite some >> time: break up the nucleus heap layer so that it can support different >> allocation schemes. Motivated was this idea by the great TLSF allocator >> by Miguel Masmano et al. >> >> I once played with TLSF in userspace as a malloc replacement for RT >> apps, and I wondered if we shouldn't make use of it as well in the >> nucleus. It's most beautiful property is its strict O(1) complexity in >> my eyes, but it seems to provide even more qualities: less >> fragmentation, less overhead, maybe even better performance. >> >> I haven't done any thorough analysis on those advantages (I'm counting >> on Miguel and others to prove them ;) ), only stability tests over the >> last weeks and a simple comparisons of the overhead. With 8 user-space >> tasks, a few mutexes, 8 RTDM sockets, and likely some other stuff >> allocated I get e.g. these usage numbers: > >> bsdalloc: >> size=524288:used=17720:pagesz=512 >> >> tlsfalloc: >> size=524288:used=14036:pagesz=512 >> > > I'm ok to merge different allocators - and the needed infrastructure to > support that - provided having several of them actually buys us > something significant, maybe depending on some usage patterns. Actually, > I once made the basic assumption that the BSDish heap could fulfill any > kind of allocation requirements for all the use cases we should care > about; maybe I was wrong, in which case, we should discuss of the > particular issue of introducing an abstract layer to support several > allocators. If the assumption remains unchallenged, then we don't need > to abstract this, and the issue boils down to whether we should switch > to TLSF or keep BSD. > > This also means that we first need real figures for practical use cases > comparing BSD and TLSF, before going any step further (at least internal > and external fragmentation values, allocation and deallocation > worst-case for bulks of contiguous and discontiguous blocks from various > sizes, and anything else you may find relevant). At that point, we could > decide whether we should provide both over the abstract infrastructure, > simply replace BSD with TLSF, or keep the status quo.
I agree that we definitely need numbers. And I could imagine that TLSF turns out to be the better choice in most, if not all categories. But given the situation that a) TLSF is not yet a full BSD replacement due to the known shortcomings (missing 64 bit, no extensible heaps) while b) we want to test it against real Xenomai load, I think that having such switching infrastructure even just for one or two versions is the most effective way. Maintaining a patch just to allow testing would be a pain and would not attract further users beyond the core team. Jan
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