Re: [RFC PATCH 1/1] mm: Another attempt to monitor task's memorychanges

From: KOSAKI Motohiro
Date: Mon Apr 08 2013 - 19:10:25 EST

> This approach works on any task via it's proc, and can be used on different
> tasks in parallel.
> Also, Andrew was asking for some performance numbers related to the change.
> Now I can say, that as long as soft dirty bits are not cleared, no performance
> penalty occur, since the soft dirty bit and the regular dirty bit are set at
> the same time within the same instruction. When soft dirty is cleared via
> clear_refs, the task in question might slow down, but it will depend on how
> actively it uses the memory.
> What do you think, does it make sense to develop this approach further?

When touching mmaped page, cpu turns on dirty bit but doesn't turn on soft dirty.
So, I'm not convinced how to use this flag. Please show us your userland algorithm
how to detect diff.

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