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SubjectRe: process creation time increases linearly with shmem
Ray Fucillo <> writes:
> The application is a database system called Caché. We allocate a
> large shared memory segment for database cache, which in a large
> production environment may realistically be 1+GB on 32-bit platforms
> and much larger on 64-bit. At these sizes fork() is taking hundreds
> of miliseconds, which can become a noticeable bottleneck for us. This
> performance characteristic seems to be unique to Linux vs other Unix
> implementations.

You could set up hugetlbfs and use large pages for the SHM (with SHM_HUGETLB);
then the overhead of walking the pages of it at fork would be much lower.

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