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Date:   Mon, 11 Feb 2019 09:14:15 -0800
From:   Eric Dumazet <>
To:     Tariq Toukan <>,
        Ilias Apalodimas <>,
        Matthew Wilcox <>
Cc:     David Miller <>,
        "" <>,
        "" <>,
        "" <>,
        "" <>,
        "" <>
Subject: Re: [RFC, PATCH] net: page_pool: Don't use page->private to store

On 02/11/2019 12:53 AM, Tariq Toukan wrote:

> Hi,
> It's great to use the struct page to store its dma mapping, but I am 
> worried about extensibility.
> page_pool is evolving, and it would need several more per-page fields. 
> One of them would be pageref_bias, a planned optimization to reduce the 
> number of the costly atomic pageref operations (and replace existing 
> code in several drivers).

But the point about pageref_bias is to place it in a different cache line than "struct page"

The major cost is having a cache line bouncing between producer and consumer.

pageref_bias means the producer only have to read the "struct page" and not dirty it
in the case the page can be recycled.

> I would replace this dma field with a pointer to an extensible struct, 
> that would contain the dma mapping (and other stuff in the near future).
> This pointer fits perfectly with the existing unsigned long private; 
> they can share the memory, for both 32- and 64-bits systems.
> The only downside is one more pointer de-reference. This should be perf 
> tested.
> However, when introducing the page refcnt bias optimization into 
> page_pool, I believe the perf gain would be guaranteed.

Only in some cases perhaps (when the cache line can be dirtied without performance hit)

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