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Date:	Mon, 17 Nov 2008 23:27:47 +0200
From:	Pekka Enberg <>
To:	Peter Zijlstra <>
Subject: Re: [PATCH] ext2/ext3: allocate ->s_blockgroup_lock separately to
 avoid wasting space

Peter Zijlstra wrote:
> On Fri, 2008-11-14 at 11:17 +0200, Pekka J Enberg wrote:
>> From: Pekka Enberg <>
>> As spotted by kmemtrace, struct ext2_sb_info is 17024 bytes and ext3_sb_info is
>> 17152 bytes on 64-bit which makes them a very bad fit for SLAB allocators. In
>> fact, both allocations are round up to the next available page size of 
>> order 3 which is 32 KB.
>> The culprit if the wasted memory is the ->s_blockgroup_lock which can be as big
>> as 16 KB when CONFIG_NR_CPUS is set to 32. As struct blockgroup_lock is a
>> perfect fit for order 2 page in the worst case, allocate ->s_blockgroup_lock
>> separately to avoid wasting space.
> And here I was thinking that NR_CPUS=4096 is currently our worst
> case ;-)

Sure but look at <linux/blockgroup_lock.h>. NR_BG_LOCKS is capped to 128 
for >= 32 CPUs.
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