Re: [patch] mmap-speedup-2.5.42-C3

From: Ingo Molnar (
Date: Wed Oct 16 2002 - 03:03:52 EST

On 15 Oct 2002, Andi Kleen wrote:

> When you oprofile KDE startup you notice that a lot of time is spent in
> get_unmapped_area too. The reason is that every KDE process links with
> 10-20 libraries and ends up with a 40-50 entry /proc/<pid>/maps.

actually, library mappings alone should not cause a slowdown, since we
start the search at MAP_UNMAPPED_BASE and most library mappings are below
1GB. But if those libraries use mmap()-ed anonymous RAM that has different
protections then the anonymous areas do not get merged and the scanning
overhead goes up.

> Optimizing this case would be likely useful too, although I suspect
> Ingo's last hit cache would already help somewhat.

well, could you check how much of an impact it has on KDE's kernel
profile? For the threaded test it's was a more than 10x application
speedup, and in the kernel profile get_unmapped_area() was like 90% of the
hits - after the change it was like 1% of the hits. (but, this test is the
best-case for the search cache, so ...)

if this simpler approach solves two different problem categories
sufficiently then i cannot see any reason to go for the much more complex
(and still not 100% scanning-less) approach.


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