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Date:	Mon, 30 Nov 2009 10:09:39 -0600 (CST)
From:	Christoph Lameter <>
To:	Pekka Enberg <>
cc:	Tim Blechmann <>, Ingo Molnar <>,, Nick Piggin <>,,
Subject: Re: [PATCH 3/5] slab.c: remove branch hint

On Mon, 30 Nov 2009, Pekka Enberg wrote:

> OK, so it's the generic alloc_skb() function that keeps hitting
> kmem_cache_alloc_node() with "-1". Christoph, are you okay with removing the
> unlikely() annotation from __cache_alloc_node()?

Yes. Lets look for other cases in the allocators too.
kmem_cache_alloc_node used to be mainly used for off node allocations but
the network alloc_skb() case shows that this is changing now.

I hope the users of kmem_cache_alloc_node() realize that using -1 is not
equivalent to kmem_cache_alloc(). kmem_cache_alloc follows numa policies
for memory allocations. kmem_cache_alloc_node() does not.

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