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SubjectRe: [patch 1/3 take2] smaps: extract pte walker from smaps code
On Wed, Feb 07, 2007 at 03:29:34PM +0900, Paul Mundt wrote:
> On Tue, Feb 06, 2007 at 10:15:47PM -0800, David Rientjes wrote:
> > Extracts the page table entry walker from the smaps-specific code in
> > fs/proc/task_mmu.c. This will be used later for clearing the reference
> > bits on pages to measure the number of pages accessed over a time period
> > through /proc/pid/smaps.
> >
> I like the general idea of this patch set, however..
>
> > Since the PTE walker is now extracted from the smaps code,
> > smaps_pte_func() is invoked for each PTE in the VMA. Its behavior is
> > identical to the existing implementation, except it is slightly slower
> > because each PTE now invokes a function call.
> >
> Perhaps this is something that needs to be looked at more closely and
> made more generic? There are many ranged page table walkers that aren't
> so performance critical that the function call cost would cause too much
> pain. ioremap_page_range() comes to mind, and there's bound to be others.
> This would also help people to get the pte map/unmap right, which seems
> to pop up from time to time as well..

I've been looking at a similar refactoring of other code and I think
the way to go is a callback per block-of-PTEs with start and end
pointers. That gets rid of most of the call indirection overhead.

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