Re: [00/17] Large Blocksize Support V3

From: Nick Piggin
Date: Fri Apr 27 2007 - 06:09:04 EST

Christoph Lameter wrote:
On Thu, 26 Apr 2007, Nick Piggin wrote:

Christoph Lameter wrote:

On Thu, 26 Apr 2007, Nick Piggin wrote:

But I maintain that the end result is better than the fragmentation
based approach. A lot of people don't actually want a bigger page
cache size, because they want efficient internal fragmentation as
well, so your radix-tree based approach isn't really comparable.

Me? Radix tree based approach? That approach is in the kernel. Do not create
a solution where there is no problem. If we do not want to support large
blocksizes then lets be honest and say so instead of redefining what a block
is. The current approach is fine if one is satisfied with scatter gather and
the VM overhead coming with handling these pages. I fail to see what any of
what you are proposing would add to that.

I'm not just making this up. Fragmentation. OK?

Yes you are. If you want to avoid fragmentation by restricting the OS to 4k alone then the radix tree is sufficient to establish the order of pages in a mapping. The only problem is to get an array of pointers to a sequence of pages together by reading through the radix tree. I do not know what else would be needed.

No. We have avoided fragmentation up until now. We avoid fragmentation like
the plague because it is crap. What _I_ do not want to do is add some
patches that make it work a bit better and everyone think's that's a signal
that it is a good idea to start using higher order allocations wherever

SUSE Labs, Novell Inc.
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