LKML News v6.1-rc7

[PATCH 00/12] Introduce CONFIG_SLUB_TINY and deprecate SLOB (Vlastimil Babka)

Vlastimil has posted a mail[1] for a discussion about SLOB deprecation. As no one has objected at the idea so far, Vlastimil has sent a patchset for that.


[RFC PATCH v1 0/4] Introduce merge identical pages mechanism (Alexey Romanov)

This RFC patchset introduces a mechanism for merging identical compressed pages, which could be common in zram like use cases.

[PATCH v2 -next 1/2] mm/slb: add is_kmalloc_cache() helper function (Feng Tang)

There is a bit specifying whether a kmem_cache is a kmalloc cache or not. This commit adds a helper function for checking the bit to let other components like kasan to have simplified code.

Low TCP throughput due to vmpressure with swap enabled (Ivan Babrou)

This report says a commit controlling vmpressure behavior has regressed throughput of TCP.

[RFC PATCH V1] mm: Disable demotion from proactive reclaim (Mina Almasry)

memory.reclaim memcg file does both demotion and reclaim. This is not ok for applications of tiers in the middle class which demotion is ok but reclaim is too much. This patch proposes to have reclaim-only and demotion-only mechanism.

Linux 6.1-rc7 (Linus Torvalds)

Unfortunately, last week was not that quiet. Linus says this would mean he will have another extra rc week for 6.1. Because that means the next merge window for 6.2 will be during the holiday season, he also asks people to aware the rule, everything for merge window should be ready before the merge window opens.

Below is the diffstat of the releases in the last two years.

Kernel release stat

Note that the y-axis is in logarithm. I draw it using and using below command:

$ --since 2020-11-28 | ~/lazybox/gnuplot/ \
    --data_fmt table --type labeled-lines --xtics_rotate -90 \
    --font "Times New Roman, 5pt" --ylog --pointsize 0.3

And, below is the diffstat of the -rc5 releases in the last two years.

rc7 release stat

SeongJae Park
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SeongJae Park is a programmer who loves to analyze and develop systems.