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

From: Bill Davidsen <>
Date: 2004-11-23 05:06:03
Linus Torvalds wrote:
> On Sat, 20 Nov 2004, Nick Piggin wrote:
>>The per thread rss may wrap (maybe not 64-bit counters), but even so,
>>the summation over all threads should still end up being correct I
> Yes. As long as the total rss fits in an int, it doesn't matter if any of
> them wrap. Addition is still associative in twos-complement arithmetic 
> even in the presense of overflows. 
> If you actually want to make it proper standard C, I guess you'd have to 
> make the thing unsigned, which gives you the mod-2**n guarantees even if 
> somebody were to ever make a non-twos-complement machine.

I think other stuff breaks as well, I think I saw you post some example 
code using something like (a & -a) or similar within the last few 
months. Fortunately neither 1's comp or BCD are likeliy to return in 
hardware. Big-end vs. little-end is still an issue, though.

    -bill davidsen (
"The secret to procrastination is to put things off until the
  last possible moment - but no longer"  -me

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