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[0/9] mem: reduce memory fragmentation

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Burakov, Anatoly June 11, 2018, 8:55 p.m. UTC
  This patchset is mostly dealing with changes fbarray, but it is
actually about reducing fragmentation in Linuxapp memalloc.

We allocate hugepages from lower VA to higher VA. However, our
malloc heap allocates addresses from higher VA to lower VA. This
results in a situation where, whenever new page is allocated,
malloc starts to allocate memory from the top, leaving fragmented
space between new allocation's leftover and previous leftover.

Over time, this leads to lots of free elements sitting at page
boundaries, small enough to be useful but large enough to have an
impact on memory fragmentation in certain circumstances.

To fix this, we need to allocate memory from higher VA first.
However, in order to do that, we need the ability to search fbarray
in reverse, which is currently not supported. Adding this support is
what most of this patchset is about.

First 4 patches fix some issues in existing fbarray implementation
and remove some code duplication, preparing for adding of new
functionality.

Next 3 patches add new functionality - reverse search of used/free
slots, mirroring already existing functionality in semantics and
capable of returning identical results but in reverse order.

Patch 8 adds unit tests for fbarray, testing both existing and new
functionality.

Finally, patch 9 changes memalloc to look up free slots in memseg
list in reverse order. No other changes is necessary, as all other
code can handle segments, wherever they are allocated.

Anatoly Burakov (9):
  fbarray: fix errno values returned from functions
  fbarray: reduce duplication in find_contig code
  fbarray: reduce duplication in find_next_n code
  fbarray: reduce duplication in find_next code
  fbarray: add reverse find_free/used
  fbarray: add reverse find n used/free
  fbarray: add reverse find contig used/free
  test: add fbarray autotests
  memalloc: allocate memory in reverse

 lib/librte_eal/common/eal_common_fbarray.c  | 493 ++++++++++++++---
 lib/librte_eal/common/include/rte_fbarray.h | 114 ++++
 lib/librte_eal/linuxapp/eal/eal_memalloc.c  |   3 +-
 lib/librte_eal/rte_eal_version.map          |   6 +
 test/test/Makefile                          |   1 +
 test/test/test_fbarray.c                    | 576 ++++++++++++++++++++
 6 files changed, 1119 insertions(+), 74 deletions(-)
 create mode 100644 test/test/test_fbarray.c