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SubjectRe: Minutes from Feb 21 LSE Call
On Tue, Feb 25, 2003 at 09:43:59AM -0800, William Lee Irwin III wrote:
>> The pagetable cache is gone in 2.5, so pte_alloc_one() takes the
>> bitblitting hit for pagetables.

On Tue, Feb 25, 2003 at 06:59:28PM +0100, Andrea Arcangeli wrote:
> I'm talking about do_anonymous_page, do_wp_page, do_no_page fork and all
> the other places that introduces spinlocks (per-page) and allocations of
> 2 pieces of ram rather than just 1 (and in turn potentially global
> spinlocks too if the cpu-caches are empty). Just grep for
> pte_chain_alloc or page_add_rmap in mm/memory.c, that's what I mean, I'm
> not talking about pagetables.

Okay, fished out the profiles (w/Dave's optimization):

00000000 total 158601 0.0869
c0106ed8 poll_idle 99878 1189.0238
c01172e0 do_page_fault 8788 7.7496
c013adb4 do_wp_page 6712 8.4322
c013f70c page_remove_rmap 3132 6.2640
c0139eac copy_page_range 2994 3.5643
c013f5c0 page_add_rmap 2776 8.3614
c013a1f4 zap_pte_range 2616 4.8806
c0137240 release_pages 1828 6.4366
c0108d14 system_call 1116 25.3636
c013ba00 handle_mm_fault 1098 4.6525
c015b59c d_lookup 1096 3.2619
c013b788 do_no_page 1044 1.6519
c013b56c do_anonymous_page 954 1.7667
c011718c pte_alloc_one 910 6.5000
c0139ba0 clear_page_tables 841 2.4735
c011450c flush_tlb_page 725 6.4732
c0207130 __copy_to_user_ll 687 6.6058
c01333dc free_hot_cold_page 641 2.7629
c013042c find_get_page 601 10.7321

Just taking the exception dwarfs anything written in C.

page_add_rmap() absorbs hits from all of the fault routines and
copy_page_range(). page_remove_rmap() absorbs hits from zap_pte_range().
do_wp_page() is huge because it's doing bitblitting in-line.

These things aren't cheap with or without rmap. Trimming down
accounting overhead could raise search problems elsewhere.
Whether avoiding the search problem is worth the accounting overhead
could probably use some more investigation, like actually trying the
anonymous page handling rework needed to use vma-based ptov resolution.


-- wli
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