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SubjectRe: mmap() scalability in the presence of the MAP_POPULATE flag
On Wed, Jan 2, 2013 at 8:50 AM, Roman Dubtsov <> wrote:
> Concurrent mmap() calls from the same process are serialized via downing
> mm->mmap_sem for write. This means that operations like populating the
> pages which do not alter vmas are also performed serially. Anecdotal
> data from two machines I have access to is that populating pages by
> touching them in a loop outside of mmap() improves performance of the
> synthetic micro-benchmark by ~40% in the worst case. A crude patch that
> modifies vm_mmap_pgoff() to call make_pages_present() outside of
> do_mmap_pgoff() after upping the semaphore when MAP_POPULATE is present
> brings identical performance improvement.
> Is there an interest in fixing this or concurrent mmaps() from the same
> process are too much of a corner case to worry about it?

Funny this comes up again. I actually have a patch series that is
supposed to do that:
[PATCH 0/9] Avoid populating unbounded num of ptes with mmap_sem held

However, the patches are still pending, didn't get much review
(probably not enough for Andrew to take them at this point), and I
think everyone forgot about them during the winter break.

Care to have a look at that thread and see if it works for you ?

(caveat: you will possibly also need "[PATCH 10/9] mm: make
do_mmap_pgoff return populate as a size in bytes, not as a bool" to
make the series actually work for you)

Michel "Walken" Lespinasse
A program is never fully debugged until the last user dies.

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