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SubjectRe: [PATCH 1/4] x86_64: Switch to SPARSE_VIRTUAL
On Mon, 2 Apr 2007, Andi Kleen wrote:

> > Correct. 2MB worth of struct page is 128 mb of memory. Are there nodes
> > with smaller amounts of memory?
>
> Yes the discontigmem minimum is 64MB and there are some setups
> (mostly with numa emulation) where you end up with nodes that small.

Ok. Then I guess we cannot remove discontigmem.

> BTW there is no guarantee the node size is a multiple of 128MB so
> you likely need to handle the overlap case. Otherwise we can
> get cache corruptions

How does sparsemem handle that?

> Sparsemem is still quite experimental; discontigmem is the default
> on x86-64.

Ok more fodder for preserving the choice.

> > > Do you have any benchmarks numbers to prove it? There seem to be a few
> > > benchmarks where the discontig virt_to_page is a problem
> > > (although I know ways to make it more efficient), and sparsemem
> > > is normally slower. Still some numbers would be good.
> >
> > You want a benchmark to prove that the removal of memory references and
> > code improves performance?
>
> You're just moving them into MMU, not really removing it. And need more TLB entries.

No no no. For the gazillions time: All of 1-1 mapped kernel memory on
x86_64 needs a 2 MB page table entry. The virtual memmap uses the same.
There are *no* additional TLBs used.

> It might be faster or it might not. There are some unexpected issues, like most x86-64
> CPUs have a quite small number of large TLBs so you can get thrashing etc.
>
> So numbers with TLB intensive workloads would be good.

You did not read the descriptions. Sigh.

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