LKML News v6.6

Virtual Scanning Considered Harmful (Matthew Wilcox)

Matthew shares his benchmark program that simulates speeds of LRU pages traversal using an linked list, an array, and direct physical addresses. As can expect, the physical address based traversal is fastest.

[GIT PULL] hotfixes for 6.6 (Andrew Morton)

Andrew sent mm hotfixes for v6.6 to Linus Torvalds. One for DAMON also contained.

[PATCH v4 0/5] workload-specific and memory pressure-driven zswap writeback (Nhat Pham)

Patchset for improving zswap’s writeback mechanism by doing it workload-specific shrinking, and in memory pressure-driven way rather than only user-defined limit based way.

[PATCH v7 0/3] mm: use memmap_on_memory semantics for dax/kmem (Vishal Verma)

This patchset makes memmap_on_memory able to be done on more than memblock size memory devices like dax/kmem.

[PATCH v7 00/10] Introduce __mt_dup() to improve the performance of fork() (Peng Zhang)

This patchset introduces a new function for maple tree duplication, namely __mt_dup(). It is assumed to improve the fork() performance since current process is copying vmas one by one, while this will be more efficient.

[PATCH v2 0/4] mm/ksm: Add ksm advisor (Stefan Roesch)

This patchset introduces kernel samepage merge advisor, which automatically manages the pages to scan setting, for achieving the target scan time.

Linux 6.6 (Linus Torvalds)

The last week was pretty calm, according to Linus Torvalds. As a result, the 6.6 is out. This also means the merge window for v6.7 has started.

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 2021-10-30 | ~/lazybox/gnuplot/ \
    --data_fmt table --type labeled-lines --xtics_rotate -90 \
    --font "Times New Roman, 5pt" --ylog --pointsize 0.3
SeongJae Park
Kernel Development Engineer

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