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SubjectRe: [patch 1/2] x86,pat Update the page flags for memtype atomically instead of using memtype_lock. -V3
On Mon, 2010-03-15 at 06:21 -0700, wrote:
> While testing an application using the xpmem (out of kernel) driver, we
> noticed a significant page fault rate reduction of x86_64 with respect
> to ia64. For one test running with 32 cpus, one thread per cpu, it
> took 01:08 for each of the threads to vm_insert_pfn 2GB worth of pages.
> For the same test running on 256 cpus, one thread per cpu, it took 14:48
> to vm_insert_pfn 2 GB worth of pages.
> The slowdown was tracked to lookup_memtype which acquires the
> spinlock memtype_lock. This heavily contended lock was slowing down
> vm_insert_pfn().
> With the cmpxchg on page->flags method, both the 32 cpu and 256 cpu
> cases take approx 00:01.3 seconds to complete.

Acked-by: Suresh Siddha <>

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