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SubjectRe: [PATCH 2/6] PM: Asynchronous resume of devices
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On Sunday 30 August 2009, Pavel Machek wrote:
> Hi!
>
> > > > > > > The same goes for the noirq versions.
> > > > > >
> > > > > > I thought about that, but there are a few things to figure out:
> > > > > > - how many threads to start
> > > > >
> > > > > That's a tough question. Right now you start roughly as many threads
> > > > > as there are async devices. That seems like overkill.
> > > >
> > > > In fact they are substantially fewer than that, for the following reasons.
> > > >
> > > > First, the async framework will not start more than MAX_THREADS threads,
> > > > which is 256 at the moment. This number is less than the number of async
> > > > devices to handle on an average system.
> > >
> > > Okay, but MAX_THREADS isn't under your control. Remember also that
> > > each thread takes up some memory, and during hibernation we are in a
> > > memory-constrained situation.
> >
> > We keep some extra free memory for things like this. It's not likely to be
> > exhausted by the async threads alone.
>
> What extra memory? You are creating quite a lot of threads. For 256 of
> them, it would take cca 2MB...

We never start that many threads and even if there's not enough memory to
start a new thread, the async framework will handle that for us.

> You recently removed code from s2disk that freed 4MB of extra memory,

That was removed from s2ram. For STD we still have PAGES_FOR_IO and
SPARE_PAGES, nothing's changed there.

Thanks,
Rafael


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