Re: deferred rss update instead of sloppy rss

From: Christoph Lameter <>
Date: 2004-11-23 09:13:06
On Mon, 22 Nov 2004, Andrew Morton wrote:

> hrm.  I cannot see anywhere in this patch where you update task_struct.rss.

This is just the piece around it dealing with rss. The updating of rss
happens in the generic code. The change to that is trivial. I can repost
the whole shebang if you want.

> > +	/* only holding mmap_sem here maybe get page_table_lock too? */
> > +	mm->rss += tsk->rss;
> > +	tsk->rss = 0;
> >  	up_read(&mm->mmap_sem);
> mmap_sem needs to be held for writing, surely?

If there are no page faults occurring anymore then we would not need to
get the lock. Q: Is it safe to assume that no faults occur
anymore at this point?

> just to prevent transient gross inaccuracies.  For some value of "16".

The page fault code only increments rss. For larger transactions that
increase / decrease rss significantly the page_table_lock is taken and
mm->rss is updated directly. So no
gross inaccuracies can result.
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