On Mon, Jun 11, 2012 at 09:54:57AM -0500, Stan Hoeppner wrote:
> On 6/11/2012 8:29 AM, Carlos Maiolino wrote:
> > The maximum block size of a XFS filesystem is 64kiB. But in linux it's
> > limited
> > to the PAGE_SIZE value.
> > so, on x86 architectures, the maximum block size is
> > 4kiB.
> Not entirely correct. Since ~1996, 16 years ago, PPro and higher 32bit
> CPUs with PSE/PSE36 support pages of 4MB, or 2MB with PAE enabled.
> x86-64 CPUs in long mode also support a 2MB page size. But the problem
> of internal fragmentation may outweigh the TLB and other benefits of
> these very large pages. I'm not an MM dev so I can't elaborate further.
> There may be other issues.
> > although it could benefit from a 16kiB page size, you'll need to be running
> > an
> > operating system which supports this page size value.
> And AFAIK the kernel MM team doesn't have x86 2MB pages on their radar.
> Or do they?
Been supported for a few of years now in one form or another.
google for "transparent huge pages".....