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Re: reduce size of pv_pte
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On 05/13/11 04:11, YAMAMOTO Takashi wrote:
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>> On 04/26/11 00:40, YAMAMOTO Takashi wrote:
>>> the following patch reduces the size of pv_pte, thus pv_entry and vm_page.
>>> YAMAMOTO Takashi
>> Hi, that's interesting. It is cutting a pv_entry from 40 bytes down to
>> 32 bytes for 64 bit.
>> I've a concern about the runtime requirements because of the
>> PHYS_TO_VM_PAGE lookup which might be significant.
> if it's significant, it should be improved. :-)
yes obviously ;-) It's just something to keep an eye on. There is
already a alternative physseg_find method utilizing a binary search...
>> Do all amd64 machines have only a few physical memory segments?
> i don't think so.
> linux folks put amazing efforts to speed up their PHYS_TO_VM_PAGE
> equivalent for their big irons.
That's the point were different search strategies might become necessary.
> YAMAMOTO Takashi
As you stated that only P -> V operations need pvkey_decode the
performance hit should be very low if measurable at all...
And that's what I found, at least on my amd64 quad-core with 8gig, the
overhead seems to be totally in the noise.
I'm fine with that and reducing the pv_pte size is definitely a win.
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