Re: [Patch 1/3] Reclaim pmd and pte entries to quicklists.

From: Robin Holt <>
Date: 2005-03-02 08:10:54
On Tue, Mar 01, 2005 at 11:23:21AM -0800, David Mosberger wrote:
> >>>>> On Sat, 26 Feb 2005 08:25:41 -0600, Robin Holt <> said:
>   Robin> Tony, This patch introduces using the quicklists for pgd,
>   Robin> pmd, and pte levels by combining the alloc and free functions
>   Robin> into a common set of routines.  This greatly simplifies the
>   Robin> reading of this header file.
> Agreed, but now you implicitly assume that the directories at all
> levels are the same size.  I think it would be better to pass the
> desired size to the alloc routine such that you can at least fail
> noisily if somebody ever tried to use different-size directories.

Can I skip this for now?  The old code assumed a page size allocation
as does the new.  When I go to implement the 4-level page tables,
we can come back and address this concern then.

>   Robin> Before:
>   Robin> Process fork+exit: 255.0909 microseconds
>   Robin> After:
>   Robin> Process fork+exit: 184.2333 microseconds
> Nice.
>   Robin> +	ret = local_cpu_data->pgtable_quicklist;
> Is there any reason pgtable_quicklist isn't a normal per-CPU variable?
> We didn't use to have that facility, that's why we used to keep it in
> local_cpu_data, but noadays, there should be no need for that ugly
> hack.
> Since this is performance-critical, it's probably worthwhile to use
> __ia64_per_cpu_var() to access the quicklist.  That way, the address
> of pgtable_quicklist can be obtained with a single "addl" instruction.

I made this change.  One thing I noticed is in contig.c and discontig.c,
we print out the number of pages in the quicklists.  Should I be
totalling that for all cpus and printing the summation?  Is there a
better way than for_each_online_cpu() (or whatever it is called)?

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