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Re: [RFC 2.6.10 3/22] xfrm: Add offload management routines

To: "David S. Miller" <davem@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Subject: Re: [RFC 2.6.10 3/22] xfrm: Add offload management routines
From: David Dillow <dave@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Date: Wed, 26 Jan 2005 16:30:39 -0500
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On Tue, 2005-01-25 at 22:16 -0800, David S. Miller wrote:
> On Sat, 22 Jan 2005 00:50:38 -0500
> David Dillow <dave@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
> >
> Note that kmalloc() and SLAB do guarentee whatever alignment is
> necessary to access the largest aligned C data type on a platform.
> So on sparc32 this is 8 bytes, on some it is 4 bytes.

I must be missing something, since I only need to ensure the items in
struct xfrm_offload are aligned correctly -- the pointers in the first
list_head need to be aligned for the platform. I'm assuming the compiler
will align them on a proper offset from the beginning of the struct, and
as long as kmalloc() gives me the proper alignment for a pointer, then I
don't see the problem.

The hardware will never DMA the base xfrm_offload struct, and only
possibly it's private area -- which I agree would need proper alignment.

Just for reference, here's xfrm_offload:

struct xfrm_offload
        struct list_head        bydev;
        struct net_device *     dev;
        atomic_t                refcnt;

I'm making the assumption that kmalloc() will give me back a pointer
that will have an acceptable alignment for the platform for all of the
pointers, as well as the refcnt.

> > I copied part of that code to xfrm_offload_alloc(), removing the part
> > that aligned the base xfrm_offload struct. 32 byte alignment seemed a
> > bit much, do you think it is needed? I'll be happy to add that if you
> > want.
> Depends upon what you really need the alignment for.  If you need it
> due to some hardware restriction or whatever, that would be determined
> per device I guess.

Per above, it seems like I only need kmalloc()'s alignment for struct
xfrm_offload. I don't know what the user will put in his private area,
but I wanted to try to align it such that it had the same guarantee that
kmalloc() had. That was the purpose of doing the alignment math only in
David Dillow <dave@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx>

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