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From: Minchan Kim <minchan.kim@gmail.com>
To: Nitin Gupta <ngupta@vflare.org>
Cc: Dan Magenheimer <dan.magenheimer@oracle.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: Thu, 10 Feb 2011 08:46:40 +0900	[thread overview]
Message-ID: <AANLkTimuivx6kroZ0v0J8GZQmBngHHDTfztGamnp2UJk@mail.gmail.com> (raw)
In-Reply-To: <4D52D091.1000504@vflare.org>

Hi Nitin,

Sorry for late response.

On Thu, Feb 10, 2011 at 2:36 AM, Nitin Gupta <ngupta@vflare.org> wrote:
> 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.

Yes. I mentioned that benefit but I am not sure the reason is enough.
What I had in mind long time ago is that zram's functionality into brd.
So someone who want to compress contents could use it with some mount
option to enable compression.
By such way, many ramdisk user can turn it on easily.
If many user begin using the brd, we can see many report about
performance then solve brd performance s as well as zcache world-wide
usage.

Hmm,  the idea is too late?

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

If we can insert zram's functionality into brd, maybe there is no
reason to coexist.


>
> Thanks,
> Nitin
>



-- 
Kind regards,
Minchan Kim

  reply	other threads:[~2011-02-09 23:46 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
2011-02-09 23:46           ` Minchan Kim [this message]
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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