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SubjectRe: [PATCH] mm: yield during swap prefetching
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On Thu, 9 Mar 2006 01:22 pm, Nick Piggin wrote:
> Pavel Machek wrote:
> >On Út 07-03-06 16:05:15, Andrew Morton wrote:
> >>Why do you want that?
> >>
> >>If prefetch is doing its job then it will save the machine from a pile of
> >>major faults in the near future. The fact that the machine happens
> >
> >Or maybe not.... it is prefetch, it may prefetch wrongly, and you
> >definitely want it doing nothing when system is loaded.... It only
> >makes sense to prefetch when system is idle.
>
> Right. Prefetching is obviously going to have a very low work/benefit,
> assuming your page reclaim is working properly, because a) it doesn't
> deal with file pages, and b) it is doing work to reclaim pages that
> have already been deemed to be the least important.
>
> What it is good for is working around our interesting VM that apparently
> allows updatedb to swap everything out (although I haven't seen this
> problem myself), and artificial memory hogs. By moving work to times of
> low cost. No problem with the theory behind it.
>
> So as much as a major fault costs in terms of performance, the tiny
> chance that prefetching will avoid it means even the CPU usage is
> questionable. Using sched_yield() seems like a hack though.

Yeah it's a hack alright. Funny how at last I find a place where yield does
exactly what I want and because we hate yield so much noone wants me to use
it all.

Cheers,
Con
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