Re: why does the macro "ZERO_PAGE" take an argument?

From: Robert P. J. Day
Date: Fri Jun 08 2007 - 04:01:59 EST

On Thu, 7 Jun 2007, H. Peter Anvin wrote:

> William Lee Irwin III wrote:
> > Robert P. J. Day wrote:
> >>> although it's not clear where in the source tree are the invocations
> >>> that would actually make a difference to a MIPS system, which is why
> >>> i've CC'ed ralf on this. i'm sure he can clear this up. :-)
> >
> > On Thu, Jun 07, 2007 at 10:32:29AM -0700, H. Peter Anvin wrote:
> >> x86 could also benefit from coloured zeropages. In fact, I thought it
> >> already had them (K8 wants as many as 8.)
> >
> > How would one demonstrate the beneficial effect of such?
> Dean Gaudet at Transmeta did some benchmarking using SPEC. If I
> recall his numbers correctly (this is from memory, mind you) on
> Transmeta Efficeon, which has 2-way virtual cache tagging with
> hardware recovery, zeropage coloring was a 1.5% performance
> improvement.

and once again, an initially innocuous question quickly leaves me
behind. no, no, i'm getting used to it. :-P


Robert P. J. Day
Linux Consulting, Training and Annoying Kernel Pedantry
Waterloo, Ontario, CANADA
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