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SubjectRe: [RFC 00/15] x86_64: Optimize percpu accesses
H. Peter Anvin wrote:

> but there is a distinct lack of wiggle room, which can be resolved
> either by using negative offsets, or by moving the kernel text area up a
> bit from -2 GB.

Lets say we reserve 256MB of cpu alloc space per processor.

On a system with 4k processors this will result in the need for 1TB virtual address space for per cpu areas (note that there may be more processors in the future). Preferably we would calculate the address of the per cpu area by

PERCPU_START_ADDRESS + PERCPU_SIZE * smp_processor_id()

instead of looking it up in a table because that will save a memory access on per_cpu().

The first percpu area would ideally be the per cpu segment generated by the linker.

How would that fit into the address map? In particular the 2G distance between code and the first per cpu area must not be violated unless we go to a zero based approach.

Maybe there is another way of arranging things that would allow for this?




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