This is a discussion on proto_register() - Justification for requesting slab allocation - Kernel ; Hi Ho! Currently I am trying to implement a new type of socket in Linux kernel 22.214.171.124. I am really curious about this function: int proto_register(struct proto *prot, int alloc_slab) I have investigated the source code and knew that, if ...
Currently I am trying to implement a new type of socket in Linux kernel 126.96.36.199.
I am really curious about this function:
int proto_register(struct proto *prot, int alloc_slab)
I have investigated the source code and knew that, if alloc_slab is set to a
non-zero integer, kmem_cache_create() will create a memory slab for prot->slab.
At the end, when a socket needs to be created and sk_alloc() is invoked to create
the socket object, if prot->slab has been initialized with kmem_cache_create(),
sk_alloc() will simply create the socket object in the slab with
kmem_cache_alloc. Otherwise, sk_alloc() will create the socket object in the
ordinary way with kmalloc().
IMO, kmem_cache_alloc() should be less expensive than kmalloc() and, therefore,
it is a good thing to request slab allocation when invoking proto_register().
But, from all networking protocols that invoke proto_register(), 50% of them,
most of them are data link protocols, does not request slab allocation. The rest
that request slab allocation mainly is network layer protocols. That is why I
wonder whether or not there is an advantage of using kmalloc() over using
A friend of mine said that those that do not request slab allocation do so
because they are rarely used. But, I disagree because, although they are rarely
used, once they are used, they are used heavily, for example AF_PACKET, so that
it is a good idea to request slab allocation.
Therefore, what is the justification for requesting slab allocation or not?
Thank you very much.
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