DaveM> From: David Mosberger <firstname.lastname@example.org> Date:
DaveM> Thu, 1 Aug 2002 22:24:05 -0700
DaveM> In my opinion the proposed large-page patch addresses a
DaveM> relatively pressing need for databases (primarily).
DaveM> Databases want large pages with IPC_SHM, how can this
DaveM> special syscal hack address that?
I believe the interface is OK in that regard. AFAIK, Oracle is happy
DaveM> It's great for experimentation, but give up syscall slots
DaveM> for this?
I'm a bit concerned about this, too. My preference would have been to
use the regular mmap() and shmat() syscalls with some
augmentation/hint as to what the preferred page size is (Simon
Winwood's OLS 2002 paper talks about some options here). I like this
because hints could be useful even with a transparent superpage
The original Intel patch did use more of a hint-like approach (the
hint was a simple binary flag though: give me regular pages or give me
large pages), but Linus preferred a separate syscall interface, so the
Intel folks switched over to doing that.
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