Re: [RFD] Separating struct task and the kernel stacks

From: Matthew Wilcox <>
Date: 2005-06-11 03:13:41
On Fri, Jun 10, 2005 at 08:11:42AM -0700, Christoph Lameter wrote:
> Using the slab allocator generates a certain amount of overhead during 
> process creation. I believe the page allocator would be faster. Also there 
> needs to be no separate allocation of memory for the stack.

While speed of process creation is certainly an important benchmark,
speed of scheduling is more important.  I was under the impression that
the reason x86 moved the task_struct from the bottom of the stack to
its own slab was that the scheduler had bad cache effects due to all
task_structs being on the same 4k boundary.  Obviously, ia64 has slightly
different caches from x86, but I just wanted to point out that it isn't
necessarily all bad to move the task_struct off the stack.

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