|| ||Nick Piggin <email@example.com>|
|| ||Linux Memory Management <firstname.lastname@example.org>|
|| ||[PATCH 0/7] abstract pagetable locking and pte updates|
|| ||Fri, 29 Oct 2004 17:20:13 +1000|
Following are patches that abstract page table operations to
allow lockless implementations by using cmpxchg or per-pte locks.
The work is inspired by and uses parts of Christoph Lameter's
pte cmpxchg work. It is not a clearly superior approach, but
an alternative way to tackle the problem.
It is a lot more intrusive, but it has also gone a bit further
in reducing page_table_lock usage. It is also designed with pte
locking in mind, which may be needed for PPC64, and will allow
100% removal of the page table lock.
The API is a transactional one, which fitted the problem quite
well in my mind. Please read comments for patch 4/7 for a more
It is stable so far on i386 and x86-64. Page fault performance
on a quad opteron is up maybe 150%. Oh and it also rids
page_referenced_one of the page_table_lock, which could be a
win in some situations.
Known issues: Hugepages, nonlinear pages haven't been looked at
and are quite surely broken. TLB flushing (gather/finish) runs
without the page table lock, which will break at least SPARC64.
Additional atomic ops in copy_page_range slow down lmbench fork
Comments and discussion about this and/or Christoph's patches
welcome. They apply to 2.6.10-rc1-bk7
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