Re: [PATCH] x86_64: Make NR_IRQS configurable in Kconfig

From: Arjan van de Ven
Date: Mon Aug 07 2006 - 22:46:50 EST

On Mon, 2006-08-07 at 19:41 -0700, Andrew Morton wrote:
> On Tue, 8 Aug 2006 04:17:59 +0200
> Andi Kleen <ak@xxxxxxx> wrote:
> >
> > >
> > > And it's a pretty nasty one because it can get people into the situation
> > > where the kernel worked fine for those who released it, but users who
> > > happen to load more modules (or the right combination of them) will
> > > experience per-cpu memory exhaustion.
> >
> > Yes, and a high value will waste a lot of memory for normal users.
> >
> > > So shouldn't we being scaling the per-cpu memory as well?
> >
> > If we move it into vmalloc space it would be easy to extend at runtime - just the
> > virtual address space would need to be prereserved, but then more pages
> > could be mapped. Maybe we should just do that instead of continuing to kludge around?
> Sounds sane.
> otoh, we need something for 2.6.19.
> > Drawback would be some more TLB misses.
> yup. On some (important) architectures - I'm not sure which architectures
> do the bigpage-for-kernel trick.

also most of the architectures that do bigpage-for-kernel stuff only
have a very limited number of tlb entries for bigpages (usually 2 to 4)
while they have many more entries for normal pages.. so it's not
automatically worse (now if these data structures are close to the
kernel text or so.. then yes there's sharing. but with the sorting of
kernel text that's a lot less true already)

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