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SubjectRe: [PATCH]: Free pages from local pcp lists under tight memory conditions
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On Wed, 2005-11-23 at 11:30 -0800, Christoph Lameter wrote:
> On Tue, 22 Nov 2005, Rohit Seth wrote:
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> > [PATCH]: This patch free pages (pcp->batch from each list at a time) from
> > local pcp lists when a higher order allocation request is not able to
> > get serviced from global free_list.
>
> Ummm.. One controversial idea: How about removing the complete pcp
> subsystem? Last time we disabled pcps we saw that the effect
> that it had was within noise ratio on AIM7. The lru lock taken without
> pcp is in the local zone and thus rarely contended.

Oh please stop.

This per_cpu_pagelist is one great logic that has got added in
allocator. Besides providing pages without the need to acquire the zone
lock, it is one single main reason the coloring effect is drastically
reduced in 2.6 (over 2.4) based kernels.

-rohit

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