[PATCH v8 00/70] Introducing the Maple Tree

Andrew Morton akpm at linux-foundation.org
Sun May 1 16:56:33 PDT 2022

On Sun, 1 May 2022 13:26:34 -0700 Davidlohr Bueso <dave at stgolabs.net> wrote:

> On Wed, 27 Apr 2022, Matthew Wilcox wrote:
> >On Wed, Apr 27, 2022 at 10:33:31AM -0700, Andrew Morton wrote:
> >> On Wed, 27 Apr 2022 14:08:39 +0000 Liam Howlett <liam.howlett at oracle.com> wrote:
> >> > The benchmarks are around the same as they have always been.
> >>
> >> So it's presently a wash.
> >>
> >> That makes "the plan" (below) really critical, otherwise there seems
> >> little point in merging this code at this time?
> >>
> >> Please send me many very soothing words about how confident we should
> >> be that the plan will be implemented and that it shall be good?
> >
> >Yes, performance-wise it's a wash.  However, Davidlohr was very
> >impressed that it was a wash because we're actually getting rid of three
> >data structures here; the linked list, the rbtree and the vmacache.
> >His opinion was that we should push the maple tree in now, in advance
> >of the future RCU uses.
> Yes I like the maple tree, and at this stage I don't think we can ask
> for more from this series wrt the MM - albeit there seems to still be
> some folks reporting breakage. Fundamentally I see Liam's work to (re)move
> complexity out of the MM (not to say that the actual maple tree is not
> complex) by consolidating the three complimentary data structures very
> much worth it considering performance does not take a hit. This was
> very much a turn off with the range locking approach, which worst case
> scenario incurred in prohibitive overhead. Also as Liam and Matthew
> have mentioned, RCU opens up a lot of nice performance opportunities,
> and in addition academia[1] has shown outstanding scalability of address
> spaces with the foundation of replacing the locked rbtree with RCU
> aware trees.

Thanks.   That sounded like a wordy acked-by to me? :)

Liam, I think the above is useful background for the [0/N].

> [1] https://pdos.csail.mit.edu/papers/rcuvm:asplos12.pdf

As is that.  The paper seems shockingly relevant.  Do we know the
authors or is it a cosmic coincidence?

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