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SubjectRe: [PATCH 0 of 9] x86/smp function calls: convert x86 tlb flushes to use function calls [POST 2]
> nice stuff!

If only those 35% wouldn't be there ...

>
> I suspect the extra cost might be worth it for two reasons: 1) we could
> optimize the cross-call implementation further 2) on systems where TLB
> flushes actually matter, the ability to overlap multiple TLB flushes to
> the same single CPU might improve workloads.

If this is getting seriously optimized it would be useful to address
this at a slightly higher level in the generic MM. As in expose
the queue on the TLB flush interfaces.

While munmap and exit are pretty good at batching flushes vmscan.c is terrible
and tends to do all the flushing on clearing pages synchronously.

Back in 2.4 I at some point ran into a nasty livelock where
one CPU would always flush the other and the other would always
bounce some mm locks with the other and the CPUs were nearly 100%
busy just doing while swapping. Fortunately that issue disappeared
with 2.6, but I still fear a little it will come back some day.

Also with these queued invalidates right now there is duplication
of data structures with the delayed mmu gather flusher in asm-generic/tlb.h.
Both have their own queue.

If the low level flusher is queuing anyways it might be useful
to do a x86 specific implementation that combines the both and
frees the pages once the queue has been processed. Perhaps
that could amortize part of the 35%?

-Andi



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