Re: broken VM in 2.4.10-pre9

Rik van Riel (
Sun, 23 Sep 2001 10:27:16 -0300 (BRST)

On 23 Sep 2001, Eric W. Biederman wrote:
> Rik van Riel <> writes:

> > > I would also like to have time to investigate what happens if the pages
> > > associated with a program load are handled in larger blocks, meta-pages
> > > perhaps, which would at least cause many to be loaded at once on a page
> > > fault, rather than faulting them in one at a time.
> >
> > This is an interesting thing, too. Something to look into for
> > 2.5 and if it turns out simple enough we may even want to
> > backport it to 2.4.
> filemap_nopage already does all of this except put the page in the
> page table.

Exactly, there are two things we need to fix:

1) set up the page tables in a clustered way
2) make filemap_nopage() aware of sequential IO and
teach it to do asynchronous readahead .. maybe even
with drop-behind on the VMA level ?



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