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Subject[PATCH 00/03] Unmapped: Separate unmapped and mapped pages
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Unmapped patches - Use two LRU:s per zone.

These patches break out the per-zone LRU into two separate LRU:s - one for
mapped pages and one for unmapped pages. The patches also introduce guarantee
support, which allows the user to set how many percent of all pages per node
that should be kept in memory for mapped or unmapped pages. This guarantee
makes it possible to adjust the VM behaviour depending on the workload.

Reasons behind the LRU separation:

- Avoid unnecessary page scanning.
The current VM implementation rotates mapped pages on the active list
until the number of mapped pages are high enough to start unmap and page out.
By using two LRU:s we can avoid this scanning and shrink/rotate unmapped
pages only, not touching mapped pages until the threshold is reached.

- Make it possible to adjust the VM behaviour.
In some cases the user might want to guarantee that a certain amount of
pages should be kept in memory, overriding the standard behaviour. Separating
pages into mapped and unmapped LRU:s allows guarantee with low overhead.

I've performed many tests on a Dual PIII machine while varying the amount of
RAM available. Kernel compiles on a 64MB configuration gets a small speedup,
but the impact on other configurations and workloads seems to be unaffected.

Apply on top of 2.6.16-rc5.

Comments?

/ magnus
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