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    Subject[PATCH] page coloring for 2.4.19 kernel

    Hello. This is a re-diff of the page coloring patch I've
    been developing for the linux kernel. The actual changes
    are very minor (small cleanups, added a license, small linked
    list changes), and it works fine on my test box (at least it
    passes all the tests that older patches passed).

    At this point I'm getting a bit dissatisfied with the state of
    the patch...the ideal for me would be to make it completely invisible.
    Just type in the cache size as a kernel boot parameter and off it
    goes; no starting or stopping, and no worries about moving all the
    free list pointers over to other data structures and then moving them
    all back again when you don't want page coloring anymore. You should
    *always* want page coloring :)

    That unfortunately would require replacing lots of low-level MM code
    that I barely understand (sorry, beginning kernel hacker). And you run
    into a chicken-and-egg problem in that maximum cache efficiency requires

    1. Knowing the cache size early in the boot process, or

    2. Statically allocating a huge number of colors that may be overkill for
    your particular machine.

    I also want to make some allowances for NUMA systems and systems with
    discontiguous memory. What's a sensible way to allocate pages by color
    when there are possibly many different nodes? Should each zone have a
    round-robin counter of its own? Or should each process have its own
    counter like it does now, and grab consecutive colors from each zone
    no matter how far away the physical memory is?

    Where do you insert custom boot flags in the 2.4 kernel? The 2.2 kernel
    interface for that stuff seems to have disappeared.

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