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    Subject[PATCH -mm 0/7] mm: scalable and unified arch_get_unmapped_area
    [actually include all 7 patches]

    A long time ago, we decided to limit the number of VMAs per
    process to 64k. As it turns out, there actually are programs
    using tens of thousands of VMAs.

    The linear search in arch_get_unmapped_area and
    arch_get_unmapped_area_topdown can be a real issue for
    those programs.

    This patch series aims to fix the scalability issue by
    tracking the size of each free hole in the VMA rbtree,
    propagating the free hole info up the tree.

    Another major goal is to put the bulk of the necessary
    arch_get_unmapped_area(_topdown) functionality into one
    set of functions, so we can eliminate the custom large
    functions per architecture, sticking to a few much smaller
    architecture specific functions instead.

    In this version I have only gotten rid of the x86, ARM
    and MIPS arch-specific code, and am already showing a
    fairly promising diffstat:

    arch/arm/include/asm/pgtable.h | 6
    arch/arm/mm/init.c | 3
    arch/arm/mm/mmap.c | 217 ------------------
    arch/mips/include/asm/page.h | 2
    arch/mips/include/asm/pgtable.h | 7
    arch/mips/mm/mmap.c | 177 --------------
    arch/x86/include/asm/elf.h | 3
    arch/x86/include/asm/pgtable_64.h | 4
    arch/x86/kernel/sys_x86_64.c | 200 ++--------------
    arch/x86/vdso/vma.c | 2
    include/linux/mm_types.h | 8
    include/linux/sched.h | 13 +
    mm/internal.h | 5
    mm/mmap.c | 455 ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++--------
    14 files changed, 420 insertions(+), 682 deletions(-)

    - eliminate arch-specific functions for more architectures
    - integrate hugetlbfs alignment (with Andi Kleen's patch?)


    Testing performance with a benchmark that allocates tens
    of thousands of VMAs, unmaps them and mmaps them some more
    in a loop, shows promising results.

    Vanilla 3.4 kernel:
    $ ./agua_frag_test_64

    Min Time (ms): 6
    Avg. Time (ms): 294.0000
    Max Time (ms): 609
    Std Dev (ms): 113.1664
    Standard deviation exceeds 10

    With patches:
    $ ./agua_frag_test_64

    Min Time (ms): 14
    Avg. Time (ms): 38.0000
    Max Time (ms): 60
    Std Dev (ms): 3.9312
    All checks pass

    The total run time of the test goes down by about a
    factor 4. More importantly, the worst case performance
    of the loop (which is what really hurt some applications)
    has gone down by about a factor 10.

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