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SubjectRe: [GIT PULL] mm: frontswap (for 3.2 window)
On 11/15/2011 08:29 AM, Rik van Riel wrote:
> On 11/02/2011 05:14 PM, Dan Magenheimer wrote:
>
>> It occurs to me that batching could be done locally without
>> changing the in-kernel "API" (i.e. frontswap_ops)... the
>> guest-side KVM tmem-backend-driver could do the compression
>> into guest-side memory and make a single
>> hypercall=vmexit/vmenter whenever it has collected enough for
>> a batch.
>
> That seems like the best way to do it, indeed.
>
> Do the current hooks allow that mode of operation,
> or do the hooks only return after the entire operation
> has completed?

The APIs are synchronous, but need only return once the memory has been
dealt with in some way. If you were batching before making a hypercall,
then the implementation would just have to make a copy into its private
memory and you'd have to make sure that lookups on batched but
unsubmitted pages work.

(It's been a while since I've looked at these patches, but I'm assuming
nothing fundamental has changed about them lately.)

J


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