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Date:   Sun, 05 May 2019 11:25:31 -0700 (PDT)
From:   David Miller <>
Subject: Re: [RFC] folding socket->wq into struct socket

From: Al Viro <>
Date: Sun, 5 May 2019 18:59:43 +0100

> On Sun, May 05, 2019 at 10:04:21AM -0700, David Miller wrote:
>> From: Al Viro <>
>> Date: Thu, 2 May 2019 17:32:23 +0100
>> > it appears that we might take freeing the socket itself to the
>> > RCU-delayed part, along with socket->wq.  And doing that has
>> > an interesting benefit - the only reason to do two separate
>> > allocation disappears.
>> I'm pretty sure we looked into RCU freeing the socket in the
>> past but ended up not doing so.
>> I think it had to do with the latency in releasing sock related
>> objects.
>> However, I might be confusing "struct socket" with "struct sock"
> Erm...  the only object with changed release time is the memory
> occupied by struct sock_alloc.  Currently:
> final iput of socket
> 	schedule RCU-delayed kfree() of socket->wq
> 	kfree() of socket
> With this change:
> final iput of socket
> 	schedule RCU-delayed kfree() of coallocated socket and socket->wq
> So it would have to be a workload where tons of sockets are created and
> torn down, where RCU-delayed freeing of socket_wq is an inevitable evil,
> but freeing struct socket_alloc itself must be done immediately, to
> reduce the memory pressure.  Or am I misreading you?

I think I was remembering trying to RCU "struct sock" release because
those 'sk' refer to SKBs and stuff like that.

So, what you are proposing looks fine.

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