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SubjectRe: [PATCH] mm: MADV_WILLNEED implementation for anonymous memory
On Thu, 31 Jan 2008 11:15:08 +0100 Andi Kleen <andi@firstfloor.org> wrote:

> Peter Zijlstra <a.p.zijlstra@chello.nl> writes:
> >
> > Ah, that is Lennarts Pulse Audio thing, he has samples in memory which
> > might not have been used for a while, and he wants to be able to
> > pre-fetch those when he suspects they might need to be played. So that
> > once the audio thread comes along and stuffs them down /dev/dsp its all
> > nice in memory.
>
> The real problem that seems to make swapping so slow is that the data
> tends to be badly fragmented on the swap partition. I suspect if that
> problem was attached the need for such prefetching would be far less
> because swap in would be much faster.
>

Yeah, the 2.5 switch to physical scanning killed us there.

I still don't know why my allocate-swapspace-according-to-virtual-address
change didn't help. Much. Marcelo played with that a bit too.



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