Re: Locking comment on shrink_caches()

Marcelo Tosatti (
Tue, 25 Sep 2001 16:02:29 -0300 (BRT)

On Tue, 25 Sep 2001, David S. Miller wrote:

> From: Marcelo Tosatti <>
> Date: Tue, 25 Sep 2001 15:40:23 -0300 (BRT)
> We can simply lock the pagecachelock and the pagemap_lru_lock at the
> beginning of the cleaning function. page_launder() use to do that.
> Thats why I asked Andrea if there was long hold times by shrink_caches().
> Ok, I see.
> I do think it's silly to hold the pagecache_lock during pure scanning
> activities of shrink_caches().

It may well be, but I would like to see some lockmeter results which show
that _shrink_cache()_ itself is a problem. :)

> It is known that pagecache_lock is the biggest scalability issue on
> large SMP systems, and thus the page cache locking patches Ingo and
> myself did.

Btw, is that one going into 2.5 for sure? (the per-address-space lock).

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