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SubjectRe: [PATCH] swap: send callback when swap slot is freed
On 08/13/2009 04:18 AM, Hugh Dickins wrote:
> On Wed, 12 Aug 2009, Nitin Gupta wrote:
>
>> Currently, we have "swap discard" mechanism which sends a discard bio request
>> when we find a free cluster during scan_swap_map(). This callback can come a
>> long time after swap slots are actually freed.
>>
>> This delay in callback is a great problem when (compressed) RAM [1] is used
>> as a swap device. So, this change adds a callback which is called as
>> soon as a swap slot becomes free. For above mentioned case of swapping
>> over compressed RAM device, this is very useful since we can immediately
>> free memory allocated for this swap page.
>>
>> This callback does not replace swap discard support. It is called with
>> swap_lock held, so it is meant to trigger action that finishes quickly.
>> However, swap discard is an I/O request and can be used for taking longer
>> actions.
>>
>> Links:
>> [1] http://code.google.com/p/compcache/
>
> Please keep this with compcache for the moment (it has no other users).
>

Oh, I missed this one.

This small patch can be considered as first step for merging compcache
to mainline :) Actually, it requires callbacks for swapon, swapoff too
but that, I think, should be done in a separate patches.

BTW, last time compcache was not accepted due to lack of performance
numbers. Now the project has lot more data for various cases:
http://code.google.com/p/compcache/wiki/Performance
Still need to collect data for worst-case behaviors and such...


Thanks,
Nitin


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