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SubjectRe: [patch 1/13] misc fixes
On Monday 29 July 2002 22:55, Rik van Riel wrote:
> On Mon, 29 Jul 2002, Andrew Morton wrote:
> > At some point, when the reverse map is as CPU efficient as we can make
> > it, we need to decide whether the remaining cost is worth the benefit.
> > I wonder how to do that.
> On a system which isn't swapping, the pte_chain based reverse
> maps will never be worth it. However, it seems that well over
> 90% of Linux machines have data in swap ...

There is also the promise of being able to do active defragmentation, an
enabler for large pages, which have been shown to significantly enhance
performance due to reduced tlb pressure.

So the 'never will be worth it' case is limited to loads that don't create
any tlb pressure and don't do any swapping or mmap IO.

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