William Lee Irwin III <wli@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx> writes:
In memory as on disk, contiguity matters a lot for performance.
On Thu, Apr 26, 2007 at 12:21:24PM -0600, Eric W. Biederman wrote:
Not nearly so much though. In memory you don't have seeks to avoid.
On disks avoiding seeks is everything.
I readily concede that seeks are most costly. Yet memory contiguity
remains rather influential.
Witness the fact that I'm now being called upon a second time to
adjust the order in which mm/page_alloc.c returns pages for the
sake of implicitly establishing IO contiguity (or otherwise
determining why things are coming out backward now).