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SubjectRe: [RFC] bootmem for 2.5
On Wed, 2001-11-07 at 19:44, William Lee Irwin III wrote:
> I've managed to reproduce the problem, and I heard from you elsewhere
> that you've verified the fix (although it appeared to reduce the memory
> savings to 4KB).

Fix does indeed work. Tested on:

P3-733 i815-based, gained 4KB from 384MB
PPro-200 i440FX-based, gained 4KB from 64MB
Celeron-500 i440BX-based, gained 8KB from 512MB

No problem on any system -- no difference, in fact, except the gain in
total system memory. Most importantly, however, the new design is quite
nice. :>

I bet the previous ~100KB gain came from not using APIC. I was
comparing APIC without new bootmem to new bootmem without APIC. The
much more realistic and modest 4KB is within range of what I would
expect, and I bet if I compared with and without bootmem on a non-APIC
kernel I would see the same results.

Would you expect problems from laptops or other things with flakey
mappings/reservations? I can test it on a couple of laptops if you

Robert Love

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