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SubjectRe: [PATCH 09/10] percpu: implement new dynamic percpu allocator
On Wednesday 18 February 2009 23:04:35 Tejun Heo wrote:
> Impact: new scalable dynamic percpu allocator which allows dynamic
> percpu areas to be accessed the same way as static ones
> Implement scalable dynamic percpu allocator which can be used for both
> static and dynamic percpu areas. This will allow static and dynamic
> areas to share faster direct access methods. This feature is optional
> and enabled only when CONFIG_HAVE_DYNAMIC_PER_CPU_AREA is defined by
> arch. Please read comment on top of mm/percpu.c for details.

Seems pretty nice. Wishlist: would be cool to have per-cpu virtual
memory mappings and do CPU-local percpu access via a single pointer.
Of course there would need to be some machinery and maybe a new API
to be more careful about accessing remote percpu data (that access
could perhaps just be slower and go via the linear mapping).

It would probably be quite a bit slower to do remote percpu access,
but some users never do this remote access in fastpath, and want
really fast local access (eg slab allocators).

I guess the hardest part would be doing the arch code.

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