[PATCH V4 0/2] mm: FAULT_AROUND_ORDER patchset performance data for powerpc

Andrew Morton akpm at linux-foundation.org
Thu May 22 06:34:08 EST 2014

On Wed, 21 May 2014 16:40:27 +0300 (EEST) "Kirill A. Shutemov" <kirill.shutemov at linux.intel.com> wrote:

> > Or something.  Can we please get some code commentary over
> > do_fault_around() describing this design decision and explaining the
> > reasoning behind it?
> I'll do this. But if do_fault_around() rework is needed, I want to do that
> first.

This sort of thing should be at least partially driven by observation
and I don't have the data for that.  My seat of the pants feel is that
after the first fault, accesses at higher addresses are more
common/probable than accesses at lower addresses.  In which case we
should see improvements by centering the window at some higher address
than the fault.  Much instrumentation and downstream analysis is needed
and the returns will be pretty small!

But we don't need to do all that right now.  Let's get the current
implementation wrapped up for 3.15: get the interface finalized (bytes,
not pages!) and get the current design decisions appropriately

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