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Subject[PATCH *] rmap based VM version 8
Hi,

The 8th version of the reverse mapping based VM is now available.
This is an attempt at making a more robust and flexible VM
subsystem, while cleaning up a lot of code at the time. The patch
is available from:

http://surriel.com/patches/2.4/2.4.16-rmap-8
and http://surriel.com/patches/2.4/2.4.17-rmap-8
and http://linuxvm.bkbits.net/


Since William Lee Irwin has contributed a whole bunch of small
VM cleanups over the last few days and Ted T'so updated his
bitkeeper tree of the 2.4 kernel, I guess it was time to prepare
a little christmas present in the form of the rmap-8 patch, against
both 2.4.16 and 2.4.17.


My big TODO items for a next release are:
- fix page_launder() so it doesn't submit the whole
inactive_dirty list for writeout in one go
- tune the balancing, under some strange loads I seem
to be able to trigger a livelock

rmap 8:
- add ANY_ZONE to the balancing functions to improve
kswapd's balancing a bit (me)
- regularize some of the maximum loop bounds in
vmscan.c for cosmetic purposes (William Lee Irwin)
- move page_address() to architecture-independent
code, now the removal of page->virtual is portable (William Lee Irwin)
- speed up free_area_init_core() by doing a single
pass over the pages and not using atomic ops (William Lee Irwin)
- documented the buddy allocator in page_alloc.c (William Lee Irwin)
rmap 7:
- clean up and document vmscan.c (me)
- reduce size of page struct, part one (William Lee Irwin)
- add rmap.h for other archs (untested, not for ARM) (me)
rmap 6:
- make the active and inactive_dirty list per zone,
this is finally possible because we can free pages
based on their physical address (William Lee Irwin)
- cleaned up William's code a bit (me)
- turn some defines into inlines and move those to
mm_inline.h (the includes are a mess ...) (me)
- improve the VM balancing a bit (me)
- add back inactive_target to /proc/meminfo (me)
rmap 5:
- fixed recursive buglet, introduced by directly
editing the patch for making rmap 4 ;))) (me)
rmap 4:
- look at the referenced bits in page tables (me)
rmap 3:
- forgot one FASTCALL definition (me)
rmap 2:
- teach try_to_unmap_one() about mremap() (me)
- don't assign swap space to pages with buffers (me)
- make the rmap.c functions FASTCALL / inline (me)
rmap 1:
- fix the swap leak in rmap 0 (Dave McCracken)
rmap 0:
- port of reverse mapping VM to 2.4.16 (me)

Rik
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