ZFS committed to the FreeBSD base.

Darren Reed darrenr at freebsd.org
Thu May 24 09:57:14 UTC 2007

On Wed, May 23, 2007 at 09:45:16PM +1000, Bruce Evans wrote:
> On Wed, 23 May 2007, Kris Kennaway wrote:
> >On Wed, May 23, 2007 at 05:32:31AM -0400, Kris Kennaway wrote:
> >
> >>I would actually be interested to know how Solaris gets away with
> >>this.  It sounds like there must be less of a distinction between
> >>memory allocated to the kernel and to userland, and the ability for
> >>memory to flow between these two with some form of backpressure when
> >>userland wants memory that is currently gobbled by up solaris ZFS.
> >>
> >>This kind of system probably makes good sense (although maybe there
> >>are trade-offs), but anyway it's not how FreeBSD does it.
> >
> >After some further thought I guess the difference is just that on a
> >64-bit kernel you don't have KVA issues and can indeed map all of
> >physical RAM into the kernel for caching.
> This should probably happen for 64-bit kernels in FreeBSD too.  FreeBSD
> sizes the buffer map part of KVA in the same way on all arches, to squeeze
> it into the limited available space on i386's, and has large complexity
> and some loss of performance in the buffer cache in order to work with
> the limited KVA.  (Very old versions had less complexity and a large loss
> of performance.)

Do we support variable page sizes in the kernel for amd64?


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