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SubjectRe: [PATCH] VM: Implements the swap-out page-clustering technique
Rik van Riel wrote:
> On Sun, 07 Sep 2008 18:28:30 -0600
> Zan Lynx <zlynx@acm.org> wrote:
>
>> Rik van Riel wrote:
>> [cut]
>>
>>> On the other hand, you do want to avoid evicting data
>>> that the process is still using, just because you are
>>> swapping out a not recently referenced page on a
>>> nearby virtual address.
>>>
>> How about writing the nearby pages to swap anyway and mark the still
>> in-use pages as SwapCache.
>>
>
> That is what will happen pretty much automatically.
>

I agree. As you said, we have two conflicting requirements here: on the
one hand one likes to swap as many pages as to satisfy the backing
storage "proper block IO size," on the other hand, one should not make a
process lose too many pages. The code needs tuning really, I'm going to
rewrite it making it more flexible according to the suggestion given on
the mailing list.

> Another thing the swap out page clustering code could
> do is move pages that were recently referenced back
> to the active list, so the VM will not have to scan
> those pages again.
>
>

I think this is a very good idea, actually the code does this already.

Thanks.


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