Re: Anticipatory prefaulting in the page fault handler V1

From: Christoph Lameter
Date: Wed Dec 08 2004 - 13:09:53 EST

On Wed, 8 Dec 2004, Jesse Barnes wrote:

> Nice results! Any idea how many applications benefit from this sort of
> anticipatory faulting? It has implications for NUMA allocation. Imagine an
> app that allocates a large virtual address space and then tries to fault in
> pages near each CPU in turn. With this patch applied, CPU 2 would be
> referencing pages near CPU 1, and CPU 3 would then fault in 4 pages, which
> would then be used by CPUs 4-6. Unless I'm missing something...

Faults are predicted for each thread executing on a different processor.
So each processor does its own predictions which will not generate
preallocations on a different processor (unless the thread is moved to
another processor but that is a very special situation).

> And again, I'm not sure how important that is, maybe this approach will work
> well in the majority of cases (obviously it's a big win in faults/sec for
> your benchmark, but I wonder about subsequent references from other CPUs to
> those pages). You can look at /sys/devices/platform/nodeN/meminfo to see
> where the pages are coming from.

The origin of the pages has not changed and the existing locality
constraints are observed.

A patch like this is important for applications that allocate and preset
large amounts of memory on startup. It will drastically reduce the startup
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