fs: buffer_head: remove kmem_cache constructor to reduce memory usage under slub
Richard Kennedy [Wed, 10 Mar 2010 23:20:33 +0000 (15:20 -0800)]
When using slub, having a kmem_cache constructor forces slub to add a free
pointer to the size of the cached object, which can have a significant
impact to the number of small objects that can fit into a slab.

As buffer_head is relatively small and we can have large numbers of them,
removing the constructor is a definite win.

On x86_64 removing the constructor gives me 39 objects/slab, 3 more than
without the patch.  And on x86_32 73 objects/slab, which is 9 more.

As alloc_buffer_head() already initializes each new object there is very
little difference in actual code run.

Signed-off-by: Richard Kennedy <richard@rsk.demon.co.uk>
Cc: Alexander Viro <viro@zeniv.linux.org.uk>
Cc: Jens Axboe <jens.axboe@oracle.com>
Acked-by: Nick Piggin <npiggin@suse.de>
Cc: "Theodore Ts'o" <tytso@mit.edu>
Reviewed-by: Rik van Riel <riel@redhat.com>
Signed-off-by: Andrew Morton <akpm@linux-foundation.org>
Signed-off-by: Linus Torvalds <torvalds@linux-foundation.org>


index 6fa5302..bc3212e 100644 (file)
@@ -3265,7 +3265,7 @@ static void recalc_bh_state(void)
 struct buffer_head *alloc_buffer_head(gfp_t gfp_flags)
-       struct buffer_head *ret = kmem_cache_alloc(bh_cachep, gfp_flags);
+       struct buffer_head *ret = kmem_cache_zalloc(bh_cachep, gfp_flags);
        if (ret) {
@@ -3352,15 +3352,6 @@ int bh_submit_read(struct buffer_head *bh)
-static void
-init_buffer_head(void *data)
-       struct buffer_head *bh = data;
-       memset(bh, 0, sizeof(*bh));
-       INIT_LIST_HEAD(&bh->b_assoc_buffers);
 void __init buffer_init(void)
        int nrpages;
@@ -3369,7 +3360,7 @@ void __init buffer_init(void)
                        sizeof(struct buffer_head), 0,
-                               init_buffer_head);
+                               NULL);
         * Limit the bh occupancy to 10% of ZONE_NORMAL