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SubjectRe: [PATCH] swsusp: separate swap-writing/reading code
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On Friday 24 March 2006 00:58, Andrew Morton wrote:
> "Rafael J. Wysocki" <rjw@sisk.pl> wrote:
> >
> > > I guess I missed this one somehow. Using a bitmap for allocated swap is really
> > > inefficient because the values are usually not fragmented much. Extents would
> > > have been a far better choice.
> >
> > I agree it probably may be improved. Still it seems to be good enough. Further,
> > it's more efficient than the previous solution, so I consider it as an improvement.
> > Also this code has been tested for quite some time in -mm and appears to
> > behave properly, at least we haven't got any bug reports related to it so far.
>
> I think that temporarily allocating 1/32768th of total memory here is
> reasonable, especially as it's not all allocated in a contiguous hunk.
>
> > Currently I'm not working on any better solution. If you can provide any
> > patches to implement one, please submit them, but I think they'll have to be
> > tested for as long as this code, in -mm.
>
> I was a little saddened by the open-coded approach. I'd expect that both
> radix-trees and idr-trees could be used in this application. Probably the
> former. (Radix-trees should have been designed from day one to store
> `unsigned long's, not void*'s, so unless we change that, this application
> will need to use typecasts when converting between void*'s and the stored
> BITS_PER_LONG bitmaps).

Perhaps we can use radix-trees here. Frankly, I haven't investigated this
possibility yet, because this part is not very high on my priority list for
improvements. :-)

First, I'd like to get the userland suspend out so people can benefit from the
userland interface. Second, I think we can save much more memory if we
use bitmaps for the image metadata, but that will require a lot of work.
Then, there's the problem of the system responsiveness after resume,
and the "USB storage not available after resume" problem that I wouldn't
like to drop on the floor. Not to mention device driver problems.

Greetings,
Rafael
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