[PATCH 0/3] ramzswap: Eliminate stale data in compressed memory

From: Nitin Gupta
Date: Fri Mar 05 2010 - 05:27:23 EST

ramzswap driver creates RAM based block devices which can be
used (only) as swap disks. Pages swapped to these disks are
compressed and stored in memory itself.

However, these devices do not get any notification when a swap
slot is freed (swap_map[i] reaches 0). So, we cannot free memory
allocated corresponding to this swap slot. Such stale data can
quickly accumulate in (compressed) memory defeating the whole
purpose of such devices.

To overcome this problem, we now add a callback in 'struct swap_info_struct'
which is called as soon as a swap slot is freed.

Adding handler for this callback:
swapon notifier --> set_swap_free_notify(swap_type, fn)

Removing handler:
swapoff notifier --> set_swap_free_notify(swap_type, NULL)

Alternative approaches:
1) Add callback directly in 'struct block_device_operations' but
that is considered too hacky.
2) Use swap discard mechanism: It involves unncessary overhead of
allocating 'discard bio' requests and its too slow to serve ramzswap

drivers/staging/ramzswap/ramzswap_drv.c | 91 +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
drivers/staging/ramzswap/ramzswap_drv.h | 1 +
drivers/staging/ramzswap/ramzswap_ioctl.h | 1 +
include/linux/swap.h | 16 +++++-
mm/swapfile.c | 78 ++++++++++++++++++++++++
5 files changed, 185 insertions(+), 2 deletions(-)
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