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SubjectRe: A scrub daemon (prezeroing)
> > advantage of all the optimizations that modern memory subsystems have for
> > linear accesses. And if hardware exists that can offload that from the cpu
> > then the cpu caches are only minimally affected.
>
> I can believe that prezeroing could provide a benefit on some
> machines, but I don't think it will provide any on ppc64.

On modern x86 clears can be done quite quickly (no memory read access) with
write combining writes. The problem is just that this will force the
page out of cache. If there is any chance that the CPU will be accessing
the data soon it's better to do the slower cached RMW clear.

-Andi
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