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SubjectRe: Thread-private mappings and graphics (was Re: Per-Processor Data
   Date:   Mon, 13 Dec 1999 23:54:15 -0800
From: Jon Leech <>

This doesn't address the problem. First, the threads need to
refer to *different* graphics contexts. Second, the API requires
that these contexts be identified by some thread-specific mechanism
available to the graphics library, not by explicit stack pointers
in the application - whether that mechanism is private mappings or
tarot cards matters not, so long as it's extremely fast.

So fork()'d processes store the graphics library shared state in
a shared/writable mapping area.

What you proposed is: threads + thread local mappings
Linus is suggesting instead: processes + shared mappings

The latter provides what you'd like to do without any of the
overhead or complexity assosicated with the former. And I think
that alone will make up for whatever performance advantages are
obtained by the former.

As someone who intern'd at SGI for a few months and also saw how the
aforementioned IRIX mechanism works, I can definitely say this is
something we never want in Linux. TLB miss trap handler changing
based upon if the thread has thread-local mappings, all the special
cases in vfault/pfault to find the correct page tables to lookup, no

David S. Miller

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