[PATCH] x86: copy_oldmem_page using cached addressing

Andi Kleen andi at firstfloor.org
Wed Sep 8 15:42:18 EDT 2010

Cliff Wickman <cpw-sJ/iWh9BUns at public.gmane.org> writes:

> From: Cliff Wickman <cpw-sJ/iWh9BUns at public.gmane.org>
> The copy of /proc/vmcore to a user buffer proceeds much faster
> if the kernel addresses memory as cached.
> With this patch we have seen an increase in transfer rate from less than
> 15MB/s to 80-460MB/s, depending on size of the transfer.  This makes
> a big difference in time needed to save a system dump.
> (Does anyone know of a reason why copy_oldmem_page() would need
>  to use uncached addresses?)
> Diffed against 2.6.36-rc3

I had a similar patch somewhere in my private kernels,
yes it's a big win. I think it was simply a bug that was added
when ioremap was changed to default to uncached.

ak at linux.intel.com -- Speaking for myself only.

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