Re: [RFC] kmem_cache_zalloc

David Woodhouse (
Thu, 28 Mar 2002 11:25:12 +0000 said:
> I thought that the life span of an object is between
> kmem_cache_alloc and kmem_cache_free. If you are expecting caching
> beyond this, you may not get correct data. kmem_cache allocator is
> supposed to quickly allocate fixed size structures avoiding the need
> for frequent splitting and coalescing in the allocator.

> Am I missing something here ?

Yes. Slab objects can be initialised once when a new page is added to the
slab, and returned to the slab in reusable form so that you don't have the
cost of complete initialisation on each allocation.

So if for example you have a semaphore in your slab object, instead of
initialising it on each kmem_cache_alloc() you do it once when the new pages
are added to the slab. Then you just make sure it's unlocked each time you
free a slab object.


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