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SubjectRe: 2.2.18Pre Lan Performance Rocks!

On Mon, 30 Oct 2000, Jeff V. Merkey wrote:

> Is there an option to map Linux into a flat address space [...]

nope, Linux is fundamentally multitasked.

what you can do to hack around this is to not switch to the idle thread
after having done work in nfsd. Some simple & stupid thing in schedule:

if (next == idle_task) {
while (nr_running)
barrier();
goto repeat_schedule;
}

(provided you are testing this on a UP system.) This way we do not destroy
the TLB cache when we wait a few microseconds for the next network
interrupt.

we do this in 2.4 already - ie. nfsd doesnt have to mark itself lazy-MM,
the idle thread will automatically 'inherit' the MM of nfsd, and is going
to switch CR3 only if the next process is not nfsd. So you can get an
apples to apples comparison by using 2.4.

Ingo

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