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Re: Placing lwp in uarea [was: Re: uarea swap-out]

On Jan 23, 2010, at 1:21 AM, David Laight wrote:

> On Sat, Jan 23, 2010 at 05:42:44PM +1100, matthew green wrote:
>> what is the purpose of this change?

To coalesce the number of allocations needed for lwp creation.

>> struct lwp is approx 700-1000 bytes on our platforms.
>> that's a significant chunk to remove from kernel stacks isn't it?
> My thoughts exactly ....
> There are also lurking ideas to avoid needing a kernel stack for every LWP.
> Many of the 'normal' sleep points for lwp can handled by restarting the
> system call when the wakeup event happens.
> So, if it makes any sense, moving the uarea fields into struct lwp
> makes slightly more sense.

I've been thinking about separating stacks from lwp's for a long time.  It does 
require not putting the pcb into the uarea.  If we go that route, do we me need 
still l_md?  It's nice not having to do an extra deference but having it does 
make a DDI/DDK interface a bit since md_lwp could change in size.

> The next problem is that, as structures get larger, the memeory
> allocater gets less efficient (there is more waste at the end of the page
> relative to the number of items in the page). So allocating one big
> area will use more memory that two (or more) small ones.

We could allocate more than one page to reduce the overhead.  But that's a 
problem for systems using PMAP_MAP_POOLPAGE since they would want contiguous 
physical pages.

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