Commit 12220dea authored by Joonsoo Kim's avatar Joonsoo Kim Committed by Linus Torvalds
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mm/slab: support slab merge

Slab merge is good feature to reduce fragmentation.  If new creating slab
have similar size and property with exsitent slab, this feature reuse it
rather than creating new one.  As a result, objects are packed into fewer
slabs so that fragmentation is reduced.

Below is result of my testing.

* After boot, sleep 20; cat /proc/meminfo | grep Slab

Slab: 25136 kB

Slab: 24364 kB

We can save 3% memory used by slab.

For supporting this feature in SLAB, we need to implement SLAB specific
kmem_cache_flag() and __kmem_cache_alias(), because SLUB implements some
SLUB specific processing related to debug flag and object size change on
these functions.
Signed-off-by: default avatarJoonsoo Kim <>
Cc: Christoph Lameter <>
Cc: Pekka Enberg <>
Cc: David Rientjes <>
Signed-off-by: default avatarAndrew Morton <>
Signed-off-by: default avatarLinus Torvalds <>
parent 423c929c
......@@ -2104,6 +2104,32 @@ static int __init_refok setup_cpu_cache(struct kmem_cache *cachep, gfp_t gfp)
return 0;
unsigned long kmem_cache_flags(unsigned long object_size,
unsigned long flags, const char *name,
void (*ctor)(void *))
return flags;
struct kmem_cache *
__kmem_cache_alias(const char *name, size_t size, size_t align,
unsigned long flags, void (*ctor)(void *))
struct kmem_cache *cachep;
cachep = find_mergeable(size, align, flags, name, ctor);
if (cachep) {
* Adjust the object sizes so that we clear
* the complete object on kzalloc.
cachep->object_size = max_t(int, cachep->object_size, size);
return cachep;
* __kmem_cache_create - Create a cache.
* @cachep: cache management descriptor
......@@ -92,7 +92,7 @@ struct mem_cgroup;
int slab_unmergeable(struct kmem_cache *s);
struct kmem_cache *find_mergeable(size_t size, size_t align,
unsigned long flags, const char *name, void (*ctor)(void *));
struct kmem_cache *
__kmem_cache_alias(const char *name, size_t size, size_t align,
unsigned long flags, void (*ctor)(void *));
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