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SubjectRe: [00/41] Large Blocksize Support V7 (adds memmap support)
Andrea Arcangeli <> writes:

> On Sat, Sep 15, 2007 at 02:14:42PM +0200, Goswin von Brederlow wrote:
>> I keep coming back to the fact that movable objects should be moved
>> out of the way for unmovable ones. Anything else just allows
> That's incidentally exactly what the slab does, no need to reinvent
> the wheel for that, it's an old problem and there's room for
> optimization in the slab partial-reuse logic too. Just boost the order
> 0 page size and use the slab to get the 4k chunks. The sgi/defrag
> design is backwards.

How does that help? Will slabs move objects around to combine two
partially filled slabs into nearly full one? If not consider this:

- You create a slab for 4k objects based on 64k compound pages.
(first of all that wastes you a page already for the meta infos)
- Something movable allocates a 14 4k page in there making the slab
partially filled.
- Something unmovable alloactes a 4k page making the slab mixed and
- Repeat until out of memory.


- Userspace allocates a lot of memory in those slabs.
- Userspace frees one in every 15 4k chunks.
- Userspace forks 1000 times causing an unmovable task structure to
appear in 1000 slabs.

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