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SubjectRe: Can context switches be faster?
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Phillip Susi wrote:
> John Richard Moser wrote:
>> Can context switches be made faster? This is a simple question, mainly
>> because I don't really understand what happens during a context switch
>> that the kernel has control over (besides storing registers).
>>
>
> Besides saving the registers, the expensive operation in a context
> switch involves flushing caches and switching page tables. This can be
> avoided if the new and old processes both share the same address space.
>

i.e. this can be avoided when switching to threads in the same process.

How does a page table switch work? As I understand there are PTE chains
which are pretty much linked lists the MMU follows; I can't imagine this
being a harder problem than replacing the head. I'd imagine the head
PTE would be something like a no-access page that's not really mapped to
anything so exchanging it is pretty much exchanging its "next" pointer?


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