[RFC][PATCH 0/6] more detailed per-process transparent hugepage statistics

From: Dave Hansen
Date: Mon Jan 31 2011 - 19:34:09 EST

I'm working on some more reports that transparent huge pages and
KSM do not play nicely together. Basically, whenever THP's are
present along with KSM, there is a lot of attrition over time,
and we do not see much overall progress keeping THP's around:


(That's Karl Rister's graph, thanks Karl!)

However, I realized that we do not currently have a nice way to
find out where individual THP's might be on the system. We
have an overall count, but no way of telling which processes or
VMAs they might be in.

I started to implement this in the /proc/$pid/smaps code, but
quickly realized that the lib/pagewalk.c code unconditionally
splits THPs up. This set reworks that code a bit and, in the
end, gives you a per-map count of the numbers of huge pages.
It also makes it possible for page walks to _not_ split THPs.

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