We are doing some experiementing with Altix systems (Itanium II with
NUMA) and we're taking a big hit from __copy_user traffic. We would
like to modify the write, writev, send and sendto interfaces such that
we can avoid the __copy_user call by marking pages copy-on-write (COW)
and handing them off to be transmitted. Since this requires TLB
updates, we would only implement this code on platforms that defined
themselves as capable of fast TLB updates.
There was a lot of concern expressed on the l-k alias about COW being
difficult to support becaue of the TLB update issues, but NUMA systems
have to be especially quick at TLB updates, so it's something we want to
take advantage of.
I'm looking for comments and suggestions as to how we could do this
without impacting other system types.
Manager - Networking Drivers Group
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