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SubjectRe: [PATCH] shrink struct page for 2.5
On Sat, 16 Feb 2002, Dave Jones wrote:
> On Sat, Feb 16, 2002 at 06:15:03PM -0200, Rik van Riel wrote:

> > I've forward-ported a small part of the -rmap patch to 2.5,
> > the shrinkage of the struct page. Most of this code is from
> > William Irwin and Christoph Hellwig.
> Anton Blanchard did some nice benchmarks of this work a while
> ago, and noticed that with one of the features (I think the
> I forget which its in the l-k archives somewhere) there
> seemed to be a noticable performance degradation.
> Of course, this was a dbench test, so how reflective this is
> of real world is another story..

IIRC he got a performance increase from the page->wait
removal ... but nothing too noticable either.

> Maybe Randy Hron can throw it in with the next round of
> kernel tests he does ?

That would be interesting, though I don't expect this
patch to change performance a lot.

It is mostly useful for machines with highmem who have
all their low memory eaten up by the mem_map[] array ;)

> > Unfortunately I haven't managed to make 2.5.5-pre2 to boot on
> > my machine, so I haven't been able to test this port of the
> > patch to 2.5.
> Just a complete lock up ? oops ? anything ?

It's just locking up. Here are the last 3 lines, after that
nothing happens at all...

hdc: WDC WD84AA, ATA DISK drive
ide: Assuming 33MHz system bus speed for PIO modes; override with idebus=xx
ide1 at 0x170-0x177,0x376 on irq 15


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