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SubjectRe: 2.4 vm, program load, page faulting, ...
On Mon, Mar 17, 2003 at 02:05:06PM -0800, Andrew Morton wrote:
> Alex Tomas <bzzz@tmi.comex.ru> wrote:
> >
> > w> You should ask Andrew about his patch to do exactly that: he
> > w> forced all PROC_EXEC mmaps to be nonlinear-mapped and this forced
> > w> all programs to suck entire binaries into memory... I recall he
> > w> saw at least 25% improvement at launching gnome.
> >
> > they talked about pages _already present_ in pagecache.
>
> 2.5.64-mm8 does that too. At mmap-time it will, for a PROT_EXEC mapping,
> pull every affected page off disk and it will instantiate pte's against
> them all via install_page().
>
> So there should be zero major and minor faults against that mmap region
> during application startup.
>
> The improved IO layout appears to halve startup time for big things. I
> haven't attempted to instrument the effects of the reduced minor fault rate.
> If indeed the rate _has_ decreased. If it hasn't, it's a bug...
>
>
>
> This is all a bit dubious for several reasons. Most particularly, the
> up-front instantiation of the pages in pagetables makes unneeded pages harder
> to reclaim. It would be really neat if someone could try putting the
> madvise(MADV_WILLNEED) into glibc and test that. Maybe on a 2.4 kernel.


something like this one?

--- base/fs/binfmt_elf.c Mon Mar 17 23:44:55 2003
+++ work/fs/binfmt_elf.c Tue Mar 18 00:03:34 2003
@@ -256,6 +256,8 @@ create_elf_tables(struct linux_binprm *b

#ifndef elf_map

+asmlinkage long sys_madvise(unsigned long start, size_t len, int behavior);
+
static inline unsigned long
elf_map (struct file *filep, unsigned long addr, struct elf_phdr *eppnt, int prot, int type)
{
@@ -266,6 +268,10 @@ elf_map (struct file *filep, unsigned lo
eppnt->p_filesz + ELF_PAGEOFFSET(eppnt->p_vaddr), prot, type,
eppnt->p_offset - ELF_PAGEOFFSET(eppnt->p_vaddr));
up_write(&current->mm->mmap_sem);
+
+ if(prot & PROT_EXEC)
+ sys_madvise(map_addr, eppnt->p_filesz, MADV_WILLNEED);
+
return(map_addr);
}
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