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SubjectRe: Ubuntu 32-bit, 32-bit PAE, 64-bit Kernel Benchmarks
On Sat, 16 Jan 2010, Sitsofe Wheeler wrote:

> On Fri, Jan 15, 2010 at 05:49:06PM -0800, H. Peter Anvin wrote:
> > On 12/30/2009 05:29 PM, Yuhong Bao wrote:
> > >
> > > Given that Linus was once talking about the performance penalties of
> > > PAE and HIGHMEM64G, perhaps you'd find these benchmarks done by
> > > Phoronix of interest:
> > > http://www.phoronix.com/scan.php?page=article&item=ubuntu_32_pae
> > >
> >
> > The big difference isn't between HIGHMEM4G (no PAE) and HIGHMEM64G
> > (PAE), it's between HIGHMEM and !HIGHMEM. That cutoff is ~892 MB
> > for a stock 32-bit kernel.
>
> Thanks for the clarification - I had been wondering about why those
> settings had been benchmarked against each other...
>
> I took a mild interest because I have an EeePC 900 with 1G of RAM.
> The machine can do PAE but my understanding is that this would lead
> to a performance drop (I currently have VMSPLIT_3G so I can use all
> 1G of memory) so I run it without HIGHMEM.

actually, it's 896M, not 892M, and i believe it's defined in
arch/x86/mm/init_32.c:

#define high_memory (-128UL << 20)
BUILD_BUG_ON(VMALLOC_START >= VMALLOC_END);
#undef high_memory

interesting that it's a hardcoded value -- is there reason that wasn't
configurable? (he asked from a position of total ignorance.)

rday
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