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    SubjectRe: [PATCH 00/10] zram: various improvements and cleanups
    On Mon, Aug 09, 2010 at 10:56:46PM +0530, Nitin Gupta wrote:
    > The zram module creates RAM based block devices named /dev/zram<id>
    > (<id> = 0, 1, ...). Pages written to these disks are compressed and stored
    > in memory itself.
    >
    > One of the major changes done is the replacement of ioctls with sysfs
    > interface. One of the advantages of this approach is we no longer depend on the
    > userspace tool (rzscontrol) which was used to set various parameters and check
    > statistics. Maintaining updated version of rzscontrol as changes were done to
    > ioctls, statistics exported etc. was a major pain.
    >
    > Another significant change is the introduction of percpu stats and compression
    > buffers. Earlier, we had per-device buffers protected by a mutex. This was a
    > major bottleneck on multi-core systems. With these changes, benchmarks with
    > fio[1] showed a speedup of about 20% for write performance on dual-core
    > system (see patch 4/10 description for details).
    >
    >
    > For easier testing, a single patch against 2.6.35-git8 has been uploaded at:
    > http://compcache.googlecode.com/hg/sub-projects/mainline/zram_2.6.36-rc0.patch

    I applied the first 2 and last 2 of these patches and they will show up
    in the linux-next tree tomorrow. I stopped there due to Andrew's
    complaints about the per-cpu variable stuff. Please resolve this and
    redo the patch set and I will be glad to apply them.

    thanks,

    greg k-h


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