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SubjectRe: [PATCH 0/8] Avoiding fragmentation with subzone groupings v25
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On Thu, 2006-09-07 at 17:58 -0700, Andrew Morton wrote:
> On Thu, 7 Sep 2006 20:03:42 +0100 (IST)
> Mel Gorman <mel@csn.ul.ie> wrote:
>
> > When a page is allocated, the page-flags
> > are updated with a value indicating it's type of reclaimability so that it
> > is placed on the correct list on free.
>
> We're getting awful tight on page-flags.
>
> Would it be possible to avoid adding the flag? Say, have a per-zone bitmap
> of size (zone->present_pages/(1<<MAX_ORDER)) bits, then do a lookup in
> there to work out whether a particular page is within a MAX_ORDER clump of
> easy-reclaimable pages?

That would not actually work, the fallback allocation path can move
blocks smaller than MAX_ORDER to another recaim type.

But yeah, page flags are getting right, perhaps Rafael can use his
recently introduced bitmaps to rid us of the swsusp flags?


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