Re: Add prefetch switch stack hook in scheduler function

From: Nick Piggin <>
Date: 2005-07-28 20:29:20
Ingo Molnar wrote:
> * Nick Piggin <> wrote:


> 	prefetch_area(void *first_addr, void *last_addr)
> (or as addr,len)

Yep. We have prefetch_range.

>>Yeah, then a specific field _within_ next->mm or thread_info may want 
>>to be fetched. In short, I don't see any argument why we shouldn't 
>>call the function prefetch_task().
> it's a fundamental thing: we _dont_ want to push generic code into 
> architectures, and there's nothing per-arch about next->mm.

Yeah, I mean within mm, ie. prefetch(&mm->random_cacheline).

>>Secondly, I don't really like your prefetch(kernel_stack()) function 
>>because it doesn't really give architectures enough control over 
>>exactly what cachelines they get in memory.
> my point is, it comes down to concrete examples, it may or may not make 
> sense to do things per-arch.

I thought the concrete example there was ia64's switch_stack,
which looks to be over half a K... oh I see you've asked Ken
whether this will be sufficient. OK in that case let's wait and

>>[...] I see nothing wrong with having a prefetch_task() call.  
>>(Although I agree things like thread_info->flags and next->mm can be 
>>done in generic code).
> great that we now agree wrt. thread_info and next->mm. My remaining 
> point is, once we prefetch ->thread_info, ->mm and the kernel stack, 
> nothing else significant remains! (It's still very much possible that 
> something needs to be prefetched per-arch, but i'd like to see a robust 
> case be made for it, instead of your global 'it might happen' argument.)

Well to be clear, I think we have always agreed, except that I
thought it 'did happen' with the ia64 example. If it turns out
that your prefetch is good enough then I will have been mistaken.

Actually to be even clearer, I was never really arguing about what
to prefetch or whether to prefetch from arch code or not. Just that
the name, if any, should be prefetch_task as opposed to
prefetch_stack :)


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