Re: [PATCH 2/3] mm, x86: Remove region_is_ram() call from ioremap

From: Toshi Kani
Date: Tue Jun 23 2015 - 11:20:32 EST

On Tue, 2015-06-23 at 11:01 +0200, Ingo Molnar wrote:
> * Mike Travis <travis@xxxxxxx> wrote:
> > <<<
> > We have a large university system in the UK that is experiencing
> > very long delays modprobing the driver for a specific I/O device.
> > The delay is from 8-10 minutes per device and there are 31 devices
> > in the system. This 4 to 5 hour delay in starting up those I/O
> > devices is very much a burden on the customer.
> > ...
> > The problem was tracked down to a very slow IOREMAP operation and
> > the excessively long ioresource lookup to insure that the user is
> > not attempting to ioremap RAM. These patches provide a speed up
> > to that function.
> > >>>
> >
> > The speed up was pretty dramatic, I think to about 15-20 minutes
> > (the test was done by our local CS person in the UK). I think this
> > would prove the function was working since it would have fallen
> > back to the previous page_is_ram function and the 4 to 5 hour
> > startup.
> Btw., I think even 15-20 minutes is still in the 'ridiculously slow' category.
> Any chance to fix all of this properly, not just hack by hack?

I agree that 15-20 minutes is till slow, but this slowness did not come
from this ioremap RAM check because region_is_ram() used in this test
had bugs, which led it return immediately. The slowness came from other
places, such as page table initialization.

I do not think the number of the resource table entries increase
significantly on large systems. So, walk_system_ram_range() and fixed
region_is_ram() should still perform fine on large systems.


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