Re: Memory Performance Issue with Fedora Core 2 Kernels
From: James Foris (james.foris_at_med.ge.com)
Date: Wed, 28 Jul 2004 14:20:13 -0500 To: For users of Fedora Core releases <email@example.com>
James Wilkinson wrote:
> James Foris wrote:
>>I have run into an issue with memory bandwidth using the Fedora Core
>>2 kernels and I need help. I don't know what is wrong, but something
>>killed performance of my custom driver when I ported it from RedHat 7.3
>>to Fedora Core 2. I believe I have narrowed it down to the kernel.
>>My driver requires a large amount of contiguous physical memory for
>>DMA from a PCI device. I use the 'mem=YYY' command line parameter to
>>reserve the top of physical RAM for my driver. Then I allow mapping
>>via mmap() calls to user space. The user space app then uses this
>>pointer to save the data to disk.
>>I have tried this on several platforms and kernels and the results vary,
>>but the common denominator seems to be:
>> Fedora kernel + 32-bit Intel = poor performance (see below)
> So this *isn't* a problem with Linus' 2.6 kernels from kernel.org?
> Wild guess: have you tried turning off the 4G+4G support in the kernel
> (requires a recompile)?
I have rebuilt now w/o several patches; 4Kstacks, netdump, and 4g/4g.
The problem has gone away. I suspect that 4G/4G is broken.
(The reason for removing 4Kstacks was because of reports that some file
system code has corner cases that exceed 4K, and we have enough custom
driver work that 8K stacks are a cheap insurance policy. The "netdump" patches
went away because it was easier to do that than resolve the dependency issues
due to the removal of the the other 2 patches.)
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