[riot-commits] [RIOT-OS/RIOT] 88e891: Add TLSF (two level segregated fit) PKG

René Kijewski kijewski at mi.fu-berlin.de
Thu May 22 18:54:21 CEST 2014

  Branch: refs/heads/master
  Home:   https://github.com/RIOT-OS/RIOT
  Commit: 88e8915dfedee5dcef61a922d5f7bbb2aa914208
  Author: René Kijewski <rene.kijewski at fu-berlin.de>
  Date:   2014-05-20 (Tue, 20 May 2014)

  Changed paths:
    A pkg/tlsf/.gitignore
    A pkg/tlsf/Makefile
    A pkg/tlsf/Makefile.include
    A pkg/tlsf/patch.txt

  Log Message:
  Add TLSF (two level segregated fit) PKG

This is my second take on #669, because I was asked to separate it from #764.

This change adds a malloc implementation as a PKG, which uses *TLSF* (two
level segregated fit).

The patch file removes the 64bit capatibilities, debug functions, and the
option to have multiple "control blocks" (a control block holds multiple
memory pools). It wraps `malloc()` and friends in `disableIRQ() … restoreIRQ()`.

The implemention does not support 16bit platforms, yet, but probably only some
constants would need fixing. I limited the maximum size of a memory pool to
2**30 bytes = 1GB.

This PKG is not meant to be used by applicitions directly, but by the boards.
The board's initialition code needs to call
`int tlsf_add_pool(void *mem, size_t bytes)` for every free memory region it
has. If the board in using newlib, then this call needs to happen before the
first call to `puts`, `printf`, and friends, because newlib allocates the
control data IO streams (stdin, stdout, stderr) on the heap. Adding a small
(e.g. 1kB) pool before proper board initialization would be a possible solution.

Please read the additional information in the website of the implementator,

> TLSF (two level segregated fit) is a relatively new memory
allocator designed for embedded systems. It boasts constant
time O(1) malloc/free response time and a 4-byte block
overhead. Though it typically is slightly slower than other
allocators such as dlmalloc, it has no worst-case behavior.

> The original implementation, which comes alongside the white
paper, is distributed under the GNU GPL/LGPL. The code found
here is an original implementation, released into the public
domain, therefore is not subject to any licensing restrictions.

> Features:
 -  O(1) cost for malloc, free, realloc, memalign
 -  Extremely low overhead per allocation (4 bytes)
 -  Low overhead per pool (~3kB)
 -  Low fragmentation
 -  Compiles to only a few kB of code and data

> Caveats:
 -  Currently, assumes architecture can make 4-byte aligned accesses
 -  Not designed to be thread safe; the user must provide this

> Known Issues:
Due to the internal block structure size and the implementation
details of tlsf_memalign, there is worst-case behavior when requesting
small (<16 byte) blocks aligned to 8-byte boundaries. Overuse of memalign
will generally increase fragmentation, but this particular case will leave
lots of unusable "holes" in the heap. The solution would be to internally
align all blocks to 8 bytes, but this will require significantl changes
to the implementation. Contact me if you are interested.

  Commit: d52651f61d65e7cbd751849e50b825c6ece72ce9
  Author: René Kijewski <kijewski at mi.fu-berlin.de>
  Date:   2014-05-22 (Thu, 22 May 2014)

  Changed paths:
    A pkg/tlsf/.gitignore
    A pkg/tlsf/Makefile
    A pkg/tlsf/Makefile.include
    A pkg/tlsf/patch.txt

  Log Message:
  Merge pull request #1215 from Kijewski/tlsf

Add TLSF (two level segregated fit) PKG

Compare: https://github.com/RIOT-OS/RIOT/compare/f54b363b6ca9...d52651f61d65

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