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SubjectRe: [PATCH] General purpose zeroed page slab
Martin K. Petersen wrote:
> A while back Bill Irwin converted the page table code on ppc64 to use
> a zeroed page slab. I recently did the same on ia64 and got a
> significant performance improvement in terms of fault time (4 usec ->
> 700 nsec).
> This cache needs to be initialized fairly early on and so far we've
> called it from pgtable_cache_init() on both archs. However, Tony Luck
> thought it might be useful to have a general purpose slab cache with
> zeroed pages. And other architectures might decide to use it for
> their page tables too.
> Consequently here's a patch that puts this functionality in slab.c.
> Signed-off-by: Martin K. Petersen <>

This doesn't work as you expect it does. The constructor is only called
when a new slab is created, for each new object on the slab. It is
_not_ run again when an object is freed. So if a page is freed then
immediately reallocated it will contain garbage.

Brian Gerst
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