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

From: Martin Schwidefsky
Date: Tue Aug 08 2006 - 04:16:22 EST

On Tue, 2006-08-08 at 07:14 +0200, Andi Kleen wrote:
> > > > Drawback would be some more TLB misses.
> > >
> > > yup. On some (important) architectures - I'm not sure which architectures
> > > do the bigpage-for-kernel trick.
> >
> > I looked at optimizing the per-cpu data accessors on PowerPC and only
> > ever saw fractions of a percent change in overall performance, which
> > says to me that we don't actually use per-cpu data all that much. So
> > unless you make per-cpu data really really slow, I doubt that we'll
> > see any significant performance difference.
> The main problem is that we would need a "vmalloc reserve first; allocate pages
> later" interface. On x86 it would be easy by just splitting up vmalloc/vmap a bit
> again. Does anybody else see problems with implementing that on any
> other architecture?

"vmalloc reserve first; allocate pages later" would be a really nice
feature. We could use this on s390 to implement the virtual mem_map
array spanning the whole 64 bit address range (with holes in it). To
make it perfect a "deallocate pages; keep vmalloc reserve" should be
added, then we could free parts of the mem_map array again on hot memory
I don't see a problem for s390.

blue skies,

Martin Schwidefsky
Linux for zSeries Development & Services
IBM Deutschland Entwicklung GmbH

"Reality continues to ruin my life." - Calvin.

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