Commit d0498d9a authored by Pavel Emelyanov's avatar Pavel Emelyanov Committed by David S. Miller

[NET]: Do not allocate unneeded memory for dev->priv alignment.

The alloc_netdev_mq() tries to produce 32-bytes alignment for both
the net_device itself and its private data. The second alignment is
achieved by adding the NETDEV_ALIGN_CONST to the whole size of
the memory to be allocated.

However, for those devices that do not need the private area, this
addition just makes the net_device weight 1024 + 32 = 1068 bytes,
i.e. consume twice as much memory.

Since loopback device is such (sizeof_priv == 0 for it), and each
net namespace creates one, this can save a noticeable amount of
memory for kernel with net namespaces turned on.

After this set the lo device is actually allocated from a size-1024
kmem cache on i386 box even with NETPOLL and WIRELESS_EXT turned on.
Signed-off-by: default avatarPavel Emelyanov <>
Signed-off-by: default avatarDavid S. Miller <>
parent f3005d7f
......@@ -4000,7 +4000,8 @@ struct net_device *alloc_netdev_mq(int sizeof_priv, const char *name,
alloc_size = (sizeof(*dev) + NETDEV_ALIGN_CONST +
(sizeof(struct net_device_subqueue) * (queue_count - 1))) &
alloc_size += sizeof_priv + NETDEV_ALIGN_CONST;
if (sizeof_priv)
alloc_size += sizeof_priv + NETDEV_ALIGN_CONST;
p = kzalloc(alloc_size, GFP_KERNEL);
if (!p) {
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