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From: Matt Mackall <>
To: Paul Mundt <>,
	David Rientjes <>,
	Andrew Morton <>, Hugh Dickins <>,
	Christoph Lameter <>,
Subject: Re: [patch 1/3 take2] smaps: extract pte walker from smaps code
Date: Thu, 8 Feb 2007 20:00:39 -0600	[thread overview]
Message-ID: <> (raw)
In-Reply-To: <>

On Wed, Feb 07, 2007 at 03:29:34PM +0900, Paul Mundt wrote:
> On Tue, Feb 06, 2007 at 10:15:47PM -0800, David Rientjes wrote:
> > Extracts the page table entry walker from the smaps-specific code in
> > fs/proc/task_mmu.c.  This will be used later for clearing the reference
> > bits on pages to measure the number of pages accessed over a time period
> > through /proc/pid/smaps.
> > 
> I like the general idea of this patch set, however..
> > Since the PTE walker is now extracted from the smaps code,
> > smaps_pte_func() is invoked for each PTE in the VMA.  Its behavior is
> > identical to the existing implementation, except it is slightly slower
> > because each PTE now invokes a function call.
> > 
> Perhaps this is something that needs to be looked at more closely and
> made more generic? There are many ranged page table walkers that aren't
> so performance critical that the function call cost would cause too much
> pain. ioremap_page_range() comes to mind, and there's bound to be others.
> This would also help people to get the pte map/unmap right, which seems
> to pop up from time to time as well..

I've been looking at a similar refactoring of other code and I think
the way to go is a callback per block-of-PTEs with start and end
pointers. That gets rid of most of the call indirection overhead.

Mathematics is the supreme nostalgia of our time.

  parent reply	other threads:[~2007-02-09  2:13 UTC|newest]

Thread overview: 12+ messages / expand[flat|nested]  mbox.gz  Atom feed  top
2007-02-07  6:15 David Rientjes
2007-02-07  6:15 ` [patch 2/3 take2] smaps: add pages referenced count to smaps David Rientjes
2007-02-07  6:15   ` [patch 3/3 take2] smaps: add clear_refs file to clear reference David Rientjes
2007-02-07  6:33     ` Andrew Morton
2007-02-07  6:29 ` [patch 1/3 take2] smaps: extract pte walker from smaps code Paul Mundt
2007-02-07  6:49   ` Andrew Morton
2007-02-07  7:24     ` Paul Mundt
2007-02-09  2:00   ` Matt Mackall [this message]
2007-02-09  2:25     ` David Rientjes
2007-02-07  8:30 ` Christoph Lameter
2007-02-07  9:35   ` David Rientjes
2007-02-09 16:15   ` Matt Mackall

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