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SubjectRe: [PATCH][RF C/T/D] Unmapped page cache control - via boot parameter
On 03/15/2010 09:22 AM, Balbir Singh wrote:
> Selectively control Unmapped Page Cache (nospam version)
> From: Balbir Singh<>
> This patch implements unmapped page cache control via preferred
> page cache reclaim. The current patch hooks into kswapd and reclaims
> page cache if the user has requested for unmapped page control.
> This is useful in the following scenario
> - In a virtualized environment with cache!=none, we see
> double caching - (one in the host and one in the guest). As
> we try to scale guests, cache usage across the system grows.
> The goal of this patch is to reclaim page cache when Linux is running
> as a guest and get the host to hold the page cache and manage it.
> There might be temporary duplication, but in the long run, memory
> in the guests would be used for mapped pages.

Well, for a guest, host page cache is a lot slower than guest page cache.

Do not meddle in the internals of kernels, for they are subtle and quick to panic.

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