mm: add support for __GFP_ZERO flag to dma_pool_alloc()

Author: Sean O. Stalley <>

Currently a call to dma_pool_alloc() with a ___GFP_ZERO flag returns a
non-zeroed memory region.

This patchset adds support for the __GFP_ZERO flag to dma_pool_alloc(),
adds 2 wrapper functions for allocing zeroed memory from a pool, and
provides a coccinelle script for finding & replacing instances of
dma_pool_alloc() followed by memset(0) with a single dma_pool_zalloc()

There was some concern that this always calls memset() to zero, instead
of passing __GFP_ZERO into the page allocator.

I ran a test on my system to get an idea of how often dma_pool_alloc()
calls into pool_alloc_page().

After Boot:	[   30.119863] alloc_calls:541, page_allocs:7
After an hour:	[ 3600.951031] alloc_calls:9566, page_allocs:12
After copying 1GB file onto a USB drive:
		[ 4260.657148] alloc_calls:17225, page_allocs:12

It doesn't look like dma_pool_alloc() calls down to the page allocator
very often (at least on my system).

This patch (of 4):

Currently the __GFP_ZERO flag is ignored by dma_pool_alloc().
Make dma_pool_alloc() zero the memory if this flag is set.

Signed-off-by: Sean O. Stalley 
Acked-by: David Rientjes 
Cc: Vinod Koul 
Cc: Bjorn Helgaas 
Cc: Gilles Muller 
Cc: Nicolas Palix 
Cc: Michal Marek 
Cc: Sebastian Andrzej Siewior 
Cc: Jonathan Corbet 
Signed-off-by: Andrew Morton 
Signed-off-by: Linus Torvalds 
 mm/dmapool.c | 9 +++++++--
 1 file changed, 7 insertions(+), 2 deletions(-)
diff --git a/mm/dmapool.c b/mm/dmapool.c
index 4b65709..71a8998 100644
--- a/mm/dmapool.c
+++ b/mm/dmapool.c
@@ -337,7 +337,7 @@ void *dma_pool_alloc(struct dma_pool *pool, gfp_t mem_flags,
 	/* pool_alloc_page() might sleep, so temporarily drop &pool->lock */
 	spin_unlock_irqrestore(&pool->lock, flags);
-	page = pool_alloc_page(pool, mem_flags);
+	page = pool_alloc_page(pool, mem_flags & (~__GFP_ZERO));
 	if (!page)
 		return NULL;
@@ -375,9 +375,14 @@ void *dma_pool_alloc(struct dma_pool *pool, gfp_t mem_flags,
-	memset(retval, POOL_POISON_ALLOCATED, pool->size);
+	if (!(mem_flags & __GFP_ZERO))
+		memset(retval, POOL_POISON_ALLOCATED, pool->size);
 	spin_unlock_irqrestore(&pool->lock, flags);
+	if (mem_flags & __GFP_ZERO)
+		memset(retval, 0, pool->size);
 	return retval;