[PATCH v2 2/2] mm: speed up mremap by 500x on large regions

Joel Fernandes joel at joelfernandes.org
Fri Oct 12 18:35:40 PDT 2018

On Fri, Oct 12, 2018 at 11:18:36AM -0700, David Miller wrote:
> From: Joel Fernandes <joel at joelfernandes.org>
> > Also, do we not flush the caches from any path when we munmap
> > address space?  We do call do_munmap on the old mapping from mremap
> > after moving to the new one.
> Sparc makes sure that shared mapping have consistent colors.  Therefore
> all that's left are private mappings and those will be initialized by
> block stores to clear the page out or similar.
> Also, when creating new mappings, we flush the D-cache when necessary
> in update_mmu_cache().
> We also maintain a bit in the page struct to track when a page which
> was potentially written to on one cpu ends up mapped into another
> address space and flush as necessary.
> The cache is write-through, which simplifies the preconditions we have
> to maintain.

Makes sense, thanks. For the moment I sent patches to enable this on arm64
and x86. We can enable it on sparc as well at a later time as it sounds it
could be a safe optimization to apply to that architecture as well.


 - Joel

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