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SubjectRe: 2.2.18Pre Lan Performance Rocks!
"Jeff V. Merkey" wrote:
> Andrea Arcangeli wrote:
> >
> > Speaking only for myself: on the technical side I don't think you can't be much
> > faster than moving the performance critical services into the kernel and by
> > skipping the copies (infact I also think that for fileserving skipping the
> > copies and making sendfile to work and to work in zero copy will be enough).
> > So I don't think losing robusteness this way can be explained in any technical
> > way and no, it's not by showing me money that you'll convince me that's a good
> > idea.
> This would help, but not as much as full ring 0.

My experience is that I can get pretty much the same performance in ring
3 as ring 0 as long as I don't reload segment registers or take CR3. Is
this right, or am I missing some fundamental kind of ring 3 overhead?

Even in ring 0, you can mostly protect processes from each other using
segments: if you don't reload the segments you can restrict damage to
your own segment. It's not 100% safety but it is an enormous
improvement over running in the same address space as the OS kernel. I
don't have any problem at all with the idea of running a lot of parallel
tasks in the same address space: the safety of this comes down to the
compiler you use to compile the processes. If the compiler doesn't have
ops that let processes damage each other then you won't get damage,
assuming no bugs in your underlying implementation.

BTW, let me add my 'me too': go for it, there is obviously a pot of gold
there, just don't let Sauron^H^H^H^H^H^H Bill get to it first.

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