[lkml]   [2004]   [Dec]   [10]   [last100]   RSS Feed
Views: [wrap][no wrap]   [headers]  [forward] 
Messages in this thread
SubjectRe: page fault scalability patch V12 [0/7]: Overview and performance tests
On Fri, 10 Dec 2004, Christoph Lameter wrote:
> On Thu, 9 Dec 2004, Hugh Dickins wrote:
> > Your V12 patches would apply well to 2.6.10-rc3, except that (as noted
> > before) your mailer or whatever is eating trailing whitespace: trivial
> > patch attached to apply before yours, removing that whitespace so yours
> > apply. But what your patches need to apply to would be 2.6.10-mm.
> I am still mystified as to why this is an issue at all. The patches apply
> just fine to the kernel sources as is. I have patched kernels numerous
> times with this patchset and never ran into any issue. quilt removes trailing
> whitespace from patches when they are generated as far as I can tell.

Perhaps you've only tried applying your original patches, not the ones
as received through the mail. It discourages people from trying them
when "patch -p1" fails with rejects, however trivial. Or am I alone
in seeing this? never had such a problem with other patches before.

> > Your scalability figures show a superb improvement. But they are (I
> > presume) for the best case: intense initial faulting of distinct areas
> > of anonymous memory by parallel cpus running a multithreaded process.
> > This is not a common case: how much do what real-world apps benefit?
> This is common during the startup of distributed applications on our large
> machines. They seem to freeze for minutes on bootup. I am not sure how
> much real-world apps benefit. The numbers show that the benefit would
> mostly be for SMP applications. UP has only very minor improvements.

How much do your patches speed the startup of these applications?
Can you name them?

> I have worked with a couple of arches and received feedback that was
> integrated. I certainly welcome more feedback. A vague idea if there is
> more trouble on that front: One could take the ptl in the cmpxchg
> emulation and then unlock on update_mmu cache.

Or move the update_mmu_cache into the ptep_cmpxchg emulation perhaps.

> > (I do wonder why do_anonymous_page calls mark_page_accessed as well as
> > lru_cache_add_active. The other instances of lru_cache_add_active for
> > an anonymous page don't mark_page_accessed i.e. SetPageReferenced too,
> > why here? But that's nothing new with your patch, and although you've
> > reordered the calls, the final page state is the same as before.)
> The mark_page_accessed is likely there avoid a future fault just to set
> the accessed bit.

No, mark_page_accessed is an operation on the struct page
(and the accessed bit of the pte is preset too anyway).

> > Where handle_pte_fault does "entry = *pte" without page_table_lock:
> > you're quite right to passing down precisely that entry to the fault
> > handlers below, but there's still a problem on the 32bit architectures
> > supporting 64bit ptes (i386, mips, ppc), that the upper and lower ints
> > of entry may be out of synch. Not a problem for do_anonymous_page, or
> > anything else relying on ptep_cmpxchg to check; but a problem for
> > do_wp_page (which could find !pfn_valid and kill the process) and
> > probably others (harder to think through). Your 4/7 patch for i386 has
> > an unused atomic get_64bit function from Nick, I think you'll have to
> > define a get_pte_atomic macro and use get_64bit in its 64-on-32 cases.
> That would be a performance issue.

Sadly, yes, but correctness must take precedence over performance.
It may be possible to avoid it in most cases, doing the atomic
later when in doubt: but would need careful thought.

> Good suggestions. Will see what I can do but I will need some assistence
> my main platform is ia64 and the hardware and opportunities for testing on
> i386 are limited.

There's plenty of us can be trying i386. It's other arches worrying me.


To unsubscribe from this list: send the line "unsubscribe linux-kernel" in
the body of a message to
More majordomo info at
Please read the FAQ at

 \ /
  Last update: 2005-03-22 14:08    [W:0.204 / U:5.072 seconds]
©2003-2018 Jasper Spaans|hosted at Digital Ocean and TransIP|Read the blog|Advertise on this site