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authorIngo Molnar <mingo@kernel.org>2012-11-19 03:14:24 +0100
committerMel Gorman <mgorman@suse.de>2012-12-11 14:28:34 +0000
commit1233d588210737ed3696b44c26e71dfa44a6995a (patch)
parent7da4d641c58d201c3cc1835c05ca1a7fa26f0856 (diff)
mm: Optimize the TLB flush of sys_mprotect() and change_protection() users
Reuse the NUMA code's 'modified page protections' count that change_protection() computes and skip the TLB flush if there's no changes to a range that sys_mprotect() modifies. Given that mprotect() already optimizes the same-flags case I expected this optimization to dominantly trigger on CONFIG_NUMA_BALANCING=y kernels - but even with that feature disabled it triggers rather often. There's two reasons for that: 1) While sys_mprotect() already optimizes the same-flag case: if (newflags == oldflags) { *pprev = vma; return 0; } and this test works in many cases, but it is too sharp in some others, where it differentiates between protection values that the underlying PTE format makes no distinction about, such as PROT_EXEC == PROT_READ on x86. 2) Even where the pte format over vma flag changes necessiates a modification of the pagetables, there might be no pagetables yet to modify: they might not be instantiated yet. During a regular desktop bootup this optimization hits a couple of hundred times. During a Java test I measured thousands of hits. So this optimization improves sys_mprotect() in general, not just CONFIG_NUMA_BALANCING=y kernels. [ We could further increase the efficiency of this optimization if change_pte_range() and change_huge_pmd() was a bit smarter about recognizing exact-same-value protection masks - when the hardware can do that safely. This would probably further speed up mprotect(). ] Cc: Linus Torvalds <torvalds@linux-foundation.org> Cc: Andrew Morton <akpm@linux-foundation.org> Cc: Peter Zijlstra <a.p.zijlstra@chello.nl> Cc: Andrea Arcangeli <aarcange@redhat.com> Cc: Rik van Riel <riel@redhat.com> Cc: Mel Gorman <mgorman@suse.de> Cc: Hugh Dickins <hughd@google.com> Cc: Thomas Gleixner <tglx@linutronix.de> Signed-off-by: Ingo Molnar <mingo@kernel.org>
1 files changed, 3 insertions, 1 deletions
diff --git a/mm/mprotect.c b/mm/mprotect.c
index 1e265be25f8..7c3628a8b48 100644
--- a/mm/mprotect.c
+++ b/mm/mprotect.c
@@ -153,7 +153,9 @@ static unsigned long change_protection_range(struct vm_area_struct *vma,
} while (pgd++, addr = next, addr != end);
- flush_tlb_range(vma, start, end);
+ /* Only flush the TLB if we actually modified any entries: */
+ if (pages)
+ flush_tlb_range(vma, start, end);
return pages;