Re: 2.4 fix for write throttling on x86 >1G

From: Andrea Arcangeli
Date: Fri Mar 11 2005 - 16:03:48 EST

Hello Marcelo,

On Fri, Mar 11, 2005 at 01:04:13PM -0300, Marcelo Tosatti wrote:
> Out of curiosity, that was SuSE not mainline ?


> Do we really want to limit dirty cache to low mem on HIGHIO capable
> machines? I'm afraid doing so might hurt performance on such systems.
> I think it might be wise to have nr_free_buffer_pages() take highmem
> into account if CONFIG_HIGHIO is set ?

The problem is the buffercache/blkdev-pagecache: it simply can't go in
highmem. A similar fix happened recently in 2.6 for the same reasons,
but in 2.6 we allowed it with some logic specific for the

nr_free_buffer_pages() was never intended to take highmem into account,
that's why there's the GFP_USER thing already, except we didn't loop
into the zonelist, so I didn't try to make a fix similar to 2.6.
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