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SubjectRe: 2.5.73-mm2
--William Lee Irwin III <> wrote (on Saturday, June 28, 2003 19:18:09 -0700):

> On Sat, Jun 28, 2003 at 05:34:05PM -0700, Martin J. Bligh wrote:
>> Last time I measured it, it had about a 10% overhead in kernel time.
>> Seems like a good thing to keep as an option to me. Bill said he
>> had some other code to alleviate the overhead, but I don't think
>> it's merged ... I'd rather see UKVA (permanently map the pagetables
>> on a per-process basis) merged before it becomes "not an option" -
>> that gets rid of all the kmapping.
> There are several orthogonal things going on here. One is dropping the
> hooks in the right places to get various concrete tasks done. Another
> is general resource scalability vs. raw overhead tradeoffs. The last
> one is gathering a wide enough repertoire of core hooks that arches can
> use "advanced" techniques like recursive pagetables when they require
> various kinds of intervention by the kernel to use.
> This is just another set of hooks we'll need for our end goal, with a
> fully functional implementation. It has direct applications and is
> completely usable now for resource scalability albeit with some
> overhead. Things are all headed in the appropriate directions; the
> hooks do not conflict with and do not require any core modifications
> whatsoever in order to use in combination with recursive pagetables;
> they can simply recover information from already-available places and
> transparently replace the highpmd and highpte arch code.
> I can work directly with Dave to arrange a proper demonstration of this
> (i.e. fully functional implementation) if need be. I've largely avoided
> interceding in recursive pagetable mechanics in order not to duplicate
> work.

Right, I'm not against what you're doing - I'm totally for it. My only
concern was that whilst it has some overhead, it should stay as a config
option (which you did). That lets people make the call of overhead vs
resource scaling.

Your patch is fine - just the talk of removing the config option scared
me ;-)


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