Re: Virtual address space exhaustion (was Discontigmem virt_to_page() )

From: Andrea Arcangeli (
Date: Fri May 03 2002 - 11:25:50 EST

On Fri, May 03, 2002 at 09:10:46AM -0700, Martin J. Bligh wrote:
> > Another interesting problem is that 'struct page *' will be as best a
> > cookie, not a valid pointer anymore, not sure what's the best way to
> > handle that. Working with pfn would be cleaner rather than working with
> > a cookie (somebody could dereference the cookie by mistake thinking it's
> > a page structure old style), but if __alloc_pages returns a pfn a whole
> > lot of kernel code will break.
> Yup, a physical address pfn would probably be best.
> (such as tlb size, which is something stupid like 4 pages, IIRC)

you recall correcty the mean :), it's 8 for data and 2 for instructions.
But I don't think the tlb is the problem, potentially it's a big win for
the big apps like database, more ram addressed via tlb and faster
pagetable lookups, it's the I/O granularity for the pageins that is
probably the most annoying part. Even if you've a fast disk, 2M instead
of kbytes is going to make difference, as well as the fact a 4M per page
and the bh on the pagecache would waste quite lots of ram with small

> > it has 8 pages for data and 2 for instructions, that's 16M data and 4M
> > of instructions with PAE
> What is "it", a P4? I think the sizes are dependant on which chip you're

I didn't read if P4 changes that, nor I checked the athlon yet, I read
it in the usual and a bit old system programmin manual 3.

> using. The x440 has the P4 chips, but the NUMA-Q is is P2 or P3 (even
> PPro for the oldest ones, but those don't work at the moment with Linux
> on multiquad).

that's the P6 family, so the PPro P2 P3 all included (only P5 excluded).

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