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Memory Allocators

To whom it may be of concern,

I just got my thoughts around the different memory allocators in the
NetBSDs kernel. It seems to me that there is quite a lot of
duplication and some clean up would be needed.
I think it would be nice to get rid of the old malloc. the kmem/vmem
could be used in such a case but this brings me to another point, the
vmem is designed to slice integer spaces eg addresses or whatever,
therefor it would be suited to slice the kernels virtual address space
like in solaris but this is only the case for the kmem not for the
pool memory and furthermore the allocation of virtual address space
for kemm/vmem is backed by the uvm_kern/uvm_map system as well, seems
like some duplication to me.
Either a solution which uses the vmem to slice the kernel space and
not using the uvm_kern/uvm_map stuff for that or backing the pool/kmem
with the uvm_kern/uvm_map system would be feasible. I do prefer the
later solution as getting the recursion in vmem right is quite hard
and to use vmem as a replacement for extend.

Just some thoughts.

Kind regards,


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