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From: Nitin Gupta <ngupta@vflare.org>
To: Dan Magenheimer <dan.magenheimer@oracle.com>
Cc: Minchan Kim <minchan.kim@gmail.com>,
	gregkh@suse.de, Chris Mason <chris.mason@oracle.com>,
	akpm@linux-foundation.org, torvalds@linux-foundation.org,
	matthew@wil.cx, linux-kernel@vger.kernel.org, linux-mm@kvack.org,
	jeremy@goop.org, Kurt Hackel <kurt.hackel@oracle.com>,
	npiggin@kernel.dk, riel@redhat.com,
	Konrad Wilk <konrad.wilk@oracle.com>,
	mel@csn.ul.ie, kosaki.motohiro@jp.fujitsu.com,
	sfr@canb.auug.org.au, wfg@mail.ustc.edu.cn, tytso@mit.edu,
	viro@zeniv.linux.org.uk, hughd@google.com, hannes@cmpxchg.org
Subject: Re: [PATCH V2 2/3] drivers/staging: zcache: host services and PAM services
Date: Wed, 09 Feb 2011 12:36:17 -0500	[thread overview]
Message-ID: <4D52D091.1000504@vflare.org> (raw)
In-Reply-To: <5c529b08-cf36-43c7-b368-f3f602faf358@default>

On 02/09/2011 11:39 AM, Dan Magenheimer wrote:
>
>
>> From: Minchan Kim [mailto:minchan.kim@gmail.com]
>
>> As I read your comment, I can't find the benefit of zram compared to
>> frontswap.
>
> Well, I am biased, but I agree that frontswap is a better technical
> solution than zram. ;-)  But "dynamic-ity" is very important to
> me and may be less important to others.
>


I agree that frontswap is better than zram when considering swap as the 
use case - no bio overhead, dynamic resizing. However, zram being a 
*generic* block-device has some unique cases too like hosting files on 
/tmp, various caches under /var or any place where a compressed 
in-memory block device can help.

So, frontswap and zram have overlapping use case of swap but are not the 
same.

Thanks,
Nitin

  reply	other threads:[~2011-02-09 17:36 UTC|newest]

Thread overview: 13+ messages / expand[flat|nested]  mbox.gz  Atom feed  top
2011-02-07  3:26 Dan Magenheimer
2011-02-08 22:48 ` Minchan Kim
2011-02-08 23:27   ` Dan Magenheimer
2011-02-08 23:56     ` Minchan Kim
2011-02-09 16:39       ` Dan Magenheimer
2011-02-09 17:36         ` Nitin Gupta [this message]
2011-02-09 23:46           ` Minchan Kim
2011-02-10  1:17             ` Nitin Gupta
2011-02-09 23:57         ` Minchan Kim
2011-02-09 23:58           ` Minchan Kim
2011-02-15 16:53 ` Konrad Rzeszutek Wilk
2011-02-15 17:25   ` Greg KH
2011-02-15 18:18     ` Konrad Rzeszutek Wilk

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