RE: large page patch (fwd) (fwd)

From: David Mosberger (
Date: Tue Aug 06 2002 - 00:01:16 EST

>>>>> On Mon, 5 Aug 2002 16:30:54 -0700 , "Seth, Rohit" <> said:

  Rohit> I'm afraid you may be wasting a lot of extra memory by
  Rohit> replicaitng these PTEs(Take an example of one 4G large TLB
  Rohit> size entry and assume there are few hunderd processes using
  Rohit> that same physical page.)

In my opinion, this is perhaps the strongest argument *for* a separate
"giant page" syscall interface. It will be very hard (perhaps
impossible) to optimize superpages to work efficiently when the ratio
of superpage/basepage grows huge (as, by definition, the kernel would
manage them as a set of basepages). For example, even if we used a
base page-size of 64KB, a 4GB giant page (as supported by Itanium 2)
would correspond to 65536 base pages. A superpage of this size would
almost certainly still do a lot better than 65536 base pages, but
compared to a single giant page, it probably stands no chance

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