Re: page fault fastpath: Increasing SMP scalability by introducing pte locks?

From: Andi Kleen <>
Date: 2004-08-16 09:53:09
Christoph Lameter <> writes:

> On Sun, 15 Aug 2004, David S. Miller wrote:
>> Is the read lock in the VMA semaphore enough to let you do
>> the pgd/pmd walking without the page_table_lock?
>> I think it is, but just checking.
> That would be great.... May I change the page_table lock to
> be a read write spinlock instead?

That's probably not a good idea. r/w locks are extremly slow on 
some architectures. Including ia64.

Just profile cat /proc/net/tcp on a machine with a lot of memory
and you'll notice.


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