[alsa-devel] USB transfer_buffer allocations on 64bit systems
daniel at caiaq.de
Wed Apr 7 19:59:35 CEST 2010
On Wed, Apr 07, 2010 at 07:55:20PM +0200, Takashi Iwai wrote:
> At Wed, 7 Apr 2010 18:16:03 +0200,
> Daniel Mack wrote:
> > On Wed, Apr 07, 2010 at 11:55:19AM -0400, Alan Stern wrote:
> > > On Wed, 7 Apr 2010, Greg KH wrote:
> > >
> > > > Alan, any objection to just using usb_buffer_alloc() for every driver?
> > > > Or is that too much overhead?
> > >
> > > I don't know what the overhead is. But usb_buffer_alloc() requires the
> > > caller to keep track of the buffer's DMA address, so it's not a simple
> > > plug-in replacement. In addition, the consistent memory that
> > > usb_buffer_alloc() provides is a scarce resource on some platforms.
> > >
> > > Writing new functions is the way to go.
> > Ok, I'll write some dummies for usb_malloc() and usb_zalloc() which
> > will just call kmalloc() with GFP_DMA32 for now.
> Can't we provide only zalloc() variant? Zero'ing doesn't cost much,
> and the buffer allocation shouldn't be called too often.
> > And while at it,
> > usb_alloc_buffer() will be renamed to usb_alloc_consistent().
> Most of recent functions are named with "coherent".
I agree to both points, will do so unless anyone has a harsh opinion
Another thing: I guess we don't need a corresponding free() function
that just calls kfree(), right? Or should we introduce it now to be
flexible for future extensions?
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