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SubjectRe: [PATCH] Fixed a mismatch between the users of radix_tree and the implementation.
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On Mon, 2010-08-16 at 13:59 -0700, Salman Qazi wrote:
> On Mon, Aug 16, 2010 at 12:33 PM, Peter Zijlstra <> wrote:
> On Mon, 2010-08-16 at 11:30 -0700, Salman Qazi wrote:
> > For the delete case,
> > we no longer shrink the tree back to being just the root containing the
> > only remaining object. For the insert case, we no longer store the
> > first object in the root, rather allocating a node structure for it. The
> > reason that this works is that deleting (or inserting) intermediate nodes
> > does not make a difference to a reader holding a slot.
> Ah, I through that was what it did. So you basically increase the memory
> footprint for tiny files.. have you done any measurements on that?

> You raise a valid concern. I haven't. What would you recommend as a
> benchmark/metric to measure this?

One thing you could try is something like the below on a freshly booted
machine, once without and once with the patch:

cd /usr/src/linux-2.6
echo 1 > /proc/sys/vm/drop_caches
grep radix /proc/slabinfo
make bzImage
echo 1 > /proc/sys/vm/drop_caches
grep radix /proc/slabinfo

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