On Tue, Apr 27, 2010 at 02:14:32PM +0200, Manuel Lauss wrote:
> I'd like to use bootmem to reserve large chunks of RAM (at a particular
> address; for Au1200 MAE, CIM and framebuffer, and later Au1300 OpenGL block)
> but it seems that it can't be done: Doing __alloc_bootmem() in
> plat_mem_setup() is
> too early, while an arch_initcall() is too late because by then the
> slab allocator is
> already up and handing out random addresses and/or refusing allocations larger
> than a few MBytes.
The maximum is actually configurable. CONFIG_FORCE_MAX_ZONEORDER defaults
to 11 which means with 4kB pages you get 8MB maximum allocation - more for
CONFIG_FORCE_MAX_ZONEORDER is a tradeoff though. A smaller value will give
slightly better performance and safe a bit of memory but I can't really
quantify these numbers - I assume it's a small difference.
It may actually be preferable to never tell the bootmem allocator about the
memory you need for these devices that is bypass the mm code entirely.
> Is there another callback I could use which would allow me to use bootmem
> of abusing plat_smp_setup)?
> Would a separate callback like this be an acceptable solution?
Certainly better than using plat_smp_setup which would require enabling
SMP support for no good reason at all.
I know we will eventually have to add another platform hooks to run after
bootmem_init. The name of plat_mem_setup() already shows what this hook
originally was meant for but it ended up as the everything-and-the-kitchen-
sink hook for platform-specific early initialization. I just dislike
conditional hooks. Let's add a call to a new hook function and fix whatever
breaks or think about what other hooks needs there should be.