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Subjectper-cpu stats in block device: overkill?
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Hi Jens, Tejun, Jerome,

I've been auditing alloc_per_cpu users, and got to genhd. The code is fairly complex, but I can't help wondering if per-cpu counters are overkill. After all, we have a single queue lock.

The reason I care is that I'm changing alloc_per_cpu to use the static per-cpu area: at 40/80 bytes (32/64 bit) per stat, we'd be restricted to a few hundred disks unless the percpu area is enlarged (in current patches, a cmdline param). Or, I can change genhd to use big_percpu_alloc which will use the current inefficient dynamic per-cpu system until we get dynamic per-cpu regions (if ever).

Cheers,
Rusty.


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