Re: anon_vma RFC2

From: Hugh Dickins
Date: Thu Mar 11 2004 - 18:44:40 EST

On Thu, 11 Mar 2004, Rik van Riel wrote:
> On Thu, 11 Mar 2004, Hugh Dickins wrote:
> > length of your essay on vma merging, it strikes me that you've taken
> > a wrong direction in switching from my anon mm to your anon vma.
> >
> > Go by vmas and you have tiresome problems as they are split and merged,
> > very commonly. Plus you have the overhead of new data structure per vma.
> There's of course a blindingly simple alternative.
> Add every anonymous page to an "anon_memory" inode. Then
> everything is in effect file backed. Using the same page
> refcounting we already do, holes get shot into that "file".

Okay, Rik, the two extremes belong to you: one anon memory
object in total (above), and one per page (your original rmap);
whereas Andrea is betting on one per vma, and I go for one per mm.
Each way has its merits, I'm sure - and you've placed two bets!

> The swap cache code provides a filesystem like mapping
> from the anon_memory "files" to the on-disk stuff, or the
> anon_memory file pages are resident in memory.

For 2.7 something like that may well be reasonable.
But let's beware the fancy bloat of extra levels.

> As a side effect, it also makes it possible to get rid
> of the swapoff code, simply move the anon_memory file
> pages from disk into memory...

Wonderful if that code could disappear: but I somehow doubt
it'll fall out quite so easily - swapoff is inevitably
backwards from sanity, isn't it?


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