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I'm relatively new to the Linux kernel world and even newer to the list, so
forgive me if I'm asking a silly question or making a silly comment. It
seems to me, from what I've seen of this discussion so far, that the only
way one "tunes" Linux kernels at the moment is by changing code and
rebuilding the kernel. That is, there are few "tunables" that one can set,
based on one's circumstances, to optimize kernel performance for a specific
application or environment.

Every other operating system that I've done performance tuning on, starting
with Xerox CP-V in 1974, had such tunables and tools to set them. And quite
often, some of the tuning parameters can be set "on the fly", simply by
knowing the correct memory location to set and poking a new value into it.
No one "memory management scheme", for example, can be all things to all
tasks, and it seems to me that giving users tools to measure and control the
behavior of memory management, *preferably without having to recompile and
reboot*, should be a major priority if Linux is to succeed in a wide variety
of applications.

OK, I'll get off my soapbox now, and ask a related question. Is there a
mathematical model of the Linux kernel somewhere that I could get my hands
on?
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