Re: page fault scalability patch V11 [0/7]: overview

From: Nick Piggin <>
Date: 2004-11-20 14:37:04
William Lee Irwin III wrote:
> On Fri, Nov 19, 2004 at 11:59:03AM -0800, Linus Torvalds wrote:
>>You could also make "rss" be a _signed_ integer per-thread.
>>When unmapping a page, you decrement one of the threads that shares the mm 
>>(doesn't matter which - which is why the per-thread rss may go negative), 
>>and when mapping a page you increment it.
>>Then, anybody who actually wants a global rss can just iterate over
>>threads and add it all up. If you do it under the mmap_sem, it's stable,
>>and if you do it outside the mmap_sem it's imprecise but stable in the
>>long term (ie errors never _accumulate_, like the non-atomic case will 
>>Does anybody care enough? Maybe, maybe not. It certainly sounds a hell of 
>>a lot better than the periodic scan.
> Unprivileged triggers for full-tasklist scans are NMI oops material.

Hang on, let's come back to this...

We already have unprivileged do-for-each-thread triggers in the proc
code. It's in do_task_stat, even. Rss reporting would basically just
involve one extra addition within that loop.

So... hmm, I can't see a problem with it.
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