DragonFly kernel List (threaded) for 2007-04
Preview synchronized on HEAD - some instability may occur
I'm going to start committing the resource structure reference
counter and sysid subsystem. I have a lot of structures to cover
so it may cause some instability in HEAD.
I finally settled on calling it SYSREF instead of SYSREG, and it is
a pretty nifty piece of work if I do say so myself. It will handle:
* Structural reference count, including creation and termination
sequencing (e.g. where the structure might be temporarily referenced
* Allocation. It uses an objcache backend for optimal allocation,
deallocation, and memory recovery.
* Sysid assignment and red-black tree indexing. It does this in the
objcache CTOR and DTOR so it costs us absolutely nothing in the
resource allocation / deallocation critical path. sysids will be
reused unless they are externally accessed.
My work on the system structures will entail replacing all of the
roll-your-own ref counting and allocation/deallocation mechanisms we
have with the new SYSREF API. Some instability may ensue as I commit
The API is 100% MPSAFE, though callbacks set up by other subsystems
might not be. The API is performance-agnostic. It might even improve
performance in certain cases since we will be using the objcache. System
memory use is probably a wash... I'm adding a bit of bloat but will also
be removing the ZALLOC API which has no ability to recover memory.
This work will allow *ALL* major system resource structures not only to
have sysid assignments, but also to be accessible via the sysid. This
in turn will allow us to implement remote access to just about everything
and will form the backend to the syslink mesh interfaces and protocols on
a host. It will also incidently allow us to create a sysctl API capable
of safely iterating through all major system resources, but that's for
later on (maybe I can get someone else to work that angle).