[linux-mm-cc] [PATCH 4/4] compcache: documentation
ngupta at vflare.org
Tue Aug 25 14:11:06 EDT 2009
On 08/25/2009 10:33 PM, Balbir Singh wrote:
>> +It consists of three modules:
>> + - xvmalloc.ko: memory allocator
> I've seen your case for a custom allocator, but why can't we
> 1) Refactor slob and use it
SLOB is fundamentally a different allocator. It looked at it in detail
but could not image how can I make it suitable for the project. SLOB
really does not fit it.
> 2) Do we care about the optimizations in SLUB w.r.t. scalability in
> your module? If so.. will xvmalloc meet those requirements?
Scalability is desired which xvmalloc lacks in its current state. My
plan is to have a wrapper around xvmalloc that creates per-cpu pools
and leave xvmalloc core simple. Along with this, detailed profiling
needs to be done to see where the bottlenecks are in the core itself.
> What level of compression have you observed? Any speed trade-offs?
All the performance numbers can be found at:
I also summarized these in patch [0/4]:
The compression ratio is highly workload dependent. On "generic" desktop
workload, stats show:
- ~80% of pages compressing to PAGE_SIZE/2 or less.
- ~1% incompressible pages.
For the speed part, please refer to performance numbers at link above.
It show cases where it help or hurts the performance.
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