[alsa-devel] change kmalloc into vmalloc for large memory allocations

Steven Rostedt rostedt at goodmis.org
Fri Feb 28 15:11:38 CET 2014

On Fri, 28 Feb 2014 16:15:23 +0800
"Wang, Yalin" <Yalin.Wang at sonymobile.com> wrote:

> Kfree(ptr)
> {
> 	If (is_vmalloc_addr(ptr))
> 		Vfree(ptr);
> 	Else
> 		Kfree(ptr);
> }
> But we need add some flags to ensure always use kmalloc for
> Some special use (dma etc..)
> How do you think of it ?

But vmalloc also takes up tlb entries. The more vmalloc space you have,
the more tlb entries that will need to be used, which will have a
performance affect on the entire system.

I would be against making kmalloc() secretly doing a vmalloc. If it is
better for a driver to use a vmalloc on large items, than change the
driver. Don't change a core function.

-- Steve

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