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Date:	Sat, 19 May 2007 11:21:23 -0700
From:	William Lee Irwin III <>
To:	Eric Dumazet <>
Cc:	Andrew Morton <>,
	"" <>,
	linux kernel <>,
	David Miller <>
Subject: Re: [PATCH] MM : alloc_large_system_hash() can free some memory for non power-of-two bucketsize

On Fri, May 18, 2007 at 11:54:54AM +0200, Eric Dumazet wrote:
> alloc_large_system_hash() is called at boot time to allocate space
> for several large hash tables.
> Lately, TCP hash table was changed and its bucketsize is not a
> power-of-two anymore.
> On most setups, alloc_large_system_hash() allocates one big page
> (order > 0) with __get_free_pages(GFP_ATOMIC, order). This single
> high_order page has a power-of-two size, bigger than the needed size.
> We can free all pages that wont be used by the hash table.
> On a 1GB i386 machine, this patch saves 128 KB of LOWMEM memory.
> TCP established hash table entries: 32768 (order: 6, 393216 bytes)

The proper way to do this is to convert the large system hashtable
users to use some data structure / algorithm  other than hashing by
separate chaining.

-- wli
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