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SubjectRe: [MODSLAB 3/7] A Kmalloc subsystem
On Sat, 19 Aug 2006, Manfred Spraul wrote:

> > And as we have just seen virt to page is mostly an address calculation in
> > many configurations. I doubt that there would be a great advantage. Todays
> > processors biggest cause for latencies are cacheline misses..
> >
> It involves table walking on discontigmem archs. "slabp=addr &
> (~(PAGE_SIZE-1));" means no pointer chasing, and the access touches the same
> page, i.e. definitively no TLB miss.

There is no table walking for discontigmem on ia64. Ia64 only creates page
table if it needs to satify the Linux kernels demands for such a thing.
And this is a kernel mapping. No page table involved.

The current sparsemem approach also does not need table walking. It needs
to do lookups in a table.

UP and SMP currently work cleanly.

> > Power of 2 cache sizes make the object align neatly to cacheline boundaries
> > and make them fit tightly into a page.
> >
> IMHO not really an issue. 2kb-cache_line_size() also aligns perfectly.

That would work and also be in line with the existing overhead of the
slabs.




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