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Re: [Xen-devel] [PATCH] x86: enable RCU based table free when PARAVIRT

On Wed, Aug 23, 2017 at 11:26:46AM -0700, Linus Torvalds wrote:
> On Wed, Aug 23, 2017 at 6:45 AM, Vitaly Kuznetsov <vkuznets@xxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
> >
> > Solve the issue by enabling RCU-based table free mechanism when PARAVIRT
> > is selected in config. Testing with kernbench doesn't show any notable
> > performance impact:
> I wonder if we should just make it unconditional if it doesn't really
> show any performance difference. One less config complexity to worry
> about (and in this case I'm not so much worried about Kconfig itself,
> as just "oh, you have totally different paths in the core VM depending

In this case we need performance numbers for !PARAVIRT kernel.

> That said, the thing to test for these kinds of things is often
> heavily scripted loads that just run thousands and thousands of really
> small processes, and build up and tear down page tables all the time
> because of fork/exit.
> The load I've used occasionally is just "make test" in the git source
> tree. Tons and tons of trivial fork/exec/exit things for all those
> small tests and shell scripts.

Numbers for tight loop of "mmap(MAP_POPULATE); munmap()" might be
interesting too for worst case scenario.

 Kirill A. Shutemov

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