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Re: [Xen-devel] [PATCH v2 2/2] xen/setup: Remap Xen Identity Mapped RAM

On 20/07/14 01:01, Matt Rushton wrote:
> Instead of ballooning up and down dom0 memory this remaps the existing mfns
> that were replaced by the identity map. The reason for this is that the
> existing implementation ballooned memory up and and down which caused dom0
> to have discontiguous pages. In some cases this resulted in the use of bounce
> buffers which reduced network I/O performance significantly. This change will
> honor the existing order of the pages with the exception of some boundary
> conditions.
> To do this we need to update both the Linux p2m table and the Xen m2p table.
> Particular care must be taken when updating the p2m table since it's important
> to limit table memory consumption and reuse the existing leaf pages which get
> freed when an entire leaf page is set to the identity map. To implement this,
> mapping updates are grouped into blocks with table entries getting cached
> temporarily and then released.
> On my test system before:
> Total pages: 2105014
> Total contiguous: 1640635
> After:
> Total pages: 2105014
> Total contiguous: 2098904

This looks like a worthwhile improvement but...

>  arch/x86/xen/setup.c |  370 
> +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++-----------

... Ew :(

It will take me a bit longer before I can give this a proper review.


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