Re: FOR REVIEW: New x86-64 vsyscall vgetcpu()

From: Chase Venters <>
Date: 2006-06-17 07:19:20
(Sorry for the empty reply! Pine over a laggy SSH connection is annoying 

On Fri, 16 Jun 2006, Andi Kleen wrote:

>> To this last point, it might be more reasonable to map in a page that
>> contained a new structure with a stable ABI, which mirrored some of
>> the task_struct information, and likely other useful information as
>> needs are identified in the future.  In any case, it would be hard
>> to beat a single memory read for performance.
> That would mean making the context switch and possibly other
> things slower.

Well, if every process had a page of its own, what would the context 
switch overhead be?

But, I'm not advocating exporting anything. Though I sort of like the 
vgetcpu() idea because I was working on a user-space slab allocator 
recently and magazines could use vgetcpu() instead of pthread keys.
(Also means if threads > cpus I'd get better results).

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