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SubjectRe: [00/41] Large Blocksize Support V7 (adds memmap support)
On Sat, 15 September 2007 01:44:49 -0700, Andrew Morton wrote:
> On Tue, 11 Sep 2007 14:12:26 +0200 Jörn Engel <> wrote:
> > While I agree with your concern, those numbers are quite silly. The
> > chances of 99.8% of pages being free and the remaining 0.2% being
> > perfectly spread across all 2MB large_pages are lower than those of SHA1
> > creating a collision.
> Actually it'd be pretty easy to craft an application which allocates seven
> pages for pagecache, then one for <something>, then seven for pagecache, then
> one for <something>, etc.
> I've had test apps which do that sort of thing accidentally. The result
> wasn't pretty.

I bet! My (false) assumption was the same as Goswin's. If non-movable
pages are clearly seperated from movable ones and will evict movable
ones before polluting further mixed superpages, Nick's scenario would be
nearly infinitely impossible.

Assumption doesn't reflect current code. Enforcing this assumption
would cost extra overhead. The amount of effort to make Christoph's
approach work reliably seems substantial and I have no idea whether it
would be worth it.


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