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SubjectWhat was the problem with quicklists and x86-64?
I'm looking at unifying the various pgalloc+pgd_lists mechanisms between
32-bit (PAE and non-PAE) and 64-bit, so I'm trying to understand why
these differences exist in the first place.

Change da8f153e51290e7438ba7da66234a864e5d3e1c1 reverted the use of
quicklists for allocating pagetables, because of concerns about ordering
with respect to tlb flushes.

Some questions about this:

1. What's the difference between quicklists and normal page
allocation with respect to tlb flushing?
2. Why doesn't this also affect i386's use of quicklists?
3. Is there some way to resolve this tlb interaction so that
quicklists can be used?
4. Failing that, what's the cost of reverting i386's use of
quicklists too?


Thanks,
J


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