nvidia-driver 195.22 use horribly broken on amd64 between
alc at cs.rice.edu
Wed May 26 21:55:09 UTC 2010
On 5/26/2010 2:56 PM, Ryan Stone wrote:
>> I'm by no means an expert in this area, but isn't removing the locking
>> on free a bad thing?
> Looking at the code, it seems that vm_page_unwire() only requires the
> page to be locked if it is managed. As it was acquired by
> contigmalloc, the page should be unmanaged so that should be ok.
> I am confused as to why vm_page_unwire() does not require the page to
> be locked if the page is unmanaged. What is synchronizing the
> accesses to m->wire_count?
You can think of unmanaged pages as being private. Not necessarily
private to a thread or processor, but private to some entity, such as a
particular process's page table. So, no one else, such as the page
daemon, is going to be concurrently accessing the wire count field of
the page, and thus, no page or page queues locking is needed.
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