Re: page table lock patch V15 [0/7]: overview

From: Christoph Lameter <>
Date: 2005-01-13 06:06:00
On Wed, 12 Jan 2005, Andrew Morton wrote:

> >  So only a very minor improvements for old machines (this one from ~ 98).
> OK.  But have you written a test to demonstrate any performance
> regressions?  From, say, the use of atomic ops on ptes?

If I knew of any regressions, I would certain try to deal with them. The
test is written to check for concurrent page fault performance and it has
repeatedly helped me to find problems with page faults. I have used it for
a couple of other patchsets too. If the patch would be available in mm
then it certainly would get more exposure and it may become clear that
there are some regressions.

Introduction of the cmpxchg is one atomic operations that replaces the two
spinlock ops typically necessary in an unpatched kernel. Obtaining the
spinlock requires an spinlock (which is an atomic operation) and then the
release involves a barrier. So there is a net win for all SMP cases as far
as I can see.
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