Re: test13-pre5

From: Tim Wright (
Date: Fri Dec 29 2000 - 11:30:14 EST

On Fri, Dec 29, 2000 at 03:46:22PM +0000, Mark Hemment wrote:
> Note, for those of us running on 32bit with lots of physical memory, the
> available virtual address-space is of major consideration. Reducing the
> size of the page structure is more than just reducing cache misses - it
> gives us more virtual to play with...
> Mark

Yes, this is a very important point if we ever want to make serious use
of large memory machines on ia32. We ran into this with DYNIX/ptx when the
P6 added 36-bit physical addressing. Conserving KVA (kernel virtual address
space), became a very high priority. Eventually, we had to add code to play
silly segment games and "magically" materialize and dematerialize a 4GB
kernel virtual address space instead of the 1GB. This only comes into play
with really large amounts of memory, and is almost certainly not worth the
agony of implementation on Linux, but we'll need to be careful elsewhere to
conserve it as much as possible.



Tim Wright - or or
IBM Linux Technology Center, Beaverton, Oregon
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