LKML News v6.8-rc1

[GIT PULL] MM updates for 6.8-rc1 (Andrew Morton)

Andrew Morton sent the memory management subsystem side pull request for Linux v6.8-rc1 to Linus Torvalds. The request has many interesting changes including zswap writeback improvement, Feedback-based DAMOS autotuning, Multi-size anon THP, KSM advisor and many more.

[GIT PULL] non-MM updates for 6.8-rc1 (Andrew Morton)

Andrew sent yet another pull request for out of memory management subsystem changes to Linus Torvalds.

[PATCH] MAINTAINERS: add Yosry Ahmed as a zswap reviewer (Yosry Ahmed)

Yosry is adding himself as a reviewer for zswap on the MAINTAINERS file.

[PATCH] MAINTAINERS: add entry for shrinker (Qi Zheng)

A patch for adding a dedicated MAINTAINERS section for shrinker has posted, since the shrinker code has moved to a separate shrinker.c.

[RFC PATCH v5 0/4] Introduce mseal() (Jeff Xu)

Jeff posted the fifth version of patchset for mseal(), which is a system call for protecting the VMAs of a specific virtual memory range against modifications such as permission bits changes.

[PATCH v3 0/3] A Solution to Re-enable hugetlb vmemmap optimize (Nanyong Sun)

Due to break-before-make logic, hugetlb vmemmap optimization was disabled on arm64. This patchset adds necessary break-before-make logic and enable the hugetlb vmemmap optimization.

[GIT PULL] hotfixes for 6.8-rc1 (Andrew Morton)

Andrew posted a hotfixes pull request to Linus Torvalds.

[RFC PATCH 0/4] DAMON based 2-tier memory management for CXL memory (Honggyu Kim)

Honggyu proposes two new DAMOS action for 2-tier tiered memory management using DAMOS, namely DAMOS_PROMOTE and DAMOS_DEMOTE. The cover letter is also containing nice test results.

[LSF/MM/BPF TOPIC] Dropping page cache of individual fs (Christian Brauner)

Gnome got 1M Euro award by the Sovereign Tech Fund, and proposed vairous projects. Based on it, Christian proposes dropping page cache of individual fs as a LSFMM topic.

[PATCH v3] tools/mm: Add thpmaps script to dump THP usage info (Ryan Roberts)

This patch adds a script reading /proc/<pid>/{smaps,pagemap} and /proc/kpageflags and prints THP information. This could be useful since THP is now adavnced to support file-backed memory and multi size for anonymous memory.

[RFC 0/2] kasan: introduce mem track feature (Li Zhe)

This RFC patchset make KASAN shadow memory to have accessible memory information, to avoid accidental memory modifications due to memory problems.

[PATCH 0/2] mm/zswap: optimize the scalability of zswap rb-tree (Chengming Zhou)

This patchset splits the single zswap rbtree, which can cause lock contention due to the fact that it is protected by a single spinlock, to multiple rbtrees, and achieve the lock contention reduction.

[RFC PATCH] mm: z3fold: rename CONFIG_Z3FOLD to CONFIG_Z3FOLD_DEPRECATED (Yosry Ahmed)

Yosry sent an RFC patch for making z3fold compressed pages allocator, which is not widely used, to be deprecated.

[PATCH v3 00/17] kexec: Allow preservation of ftrace buffers (Alexander Graf)

The third patchset for kexec handover, which is the first part for kexec-driven host kernel update has posted. The idea was shared on LPC last year.

[PATCH v3 1/1] mm/madvise: add MADV_F_COLLAPSE_LIGHT flag to process_madvise() (Lance Yang)

This patch introduces MADV_F_COLLAPSE_LIGHT flag, which allows relaxed and lightweight alternative to the default behavior of MADV_COLLAPSE.

[LSF/MM/BPF TOPIC] Enhancements to RCU-protected VMA walks (Liam R. Howlett)

Liam proposes the annual mmap_sem/mmap_lock talk for LSFMM. Seems this time it will further try to cover more plan about RCU-protection.

[LSF/MM/BPF TOPIC] State Of The Page (Matthew Wilcox)

Matthew suggests an LSFMM topic for the separation of folios, slabs, pages, etc.

Linux 6.8-rc1 (Linus Torvalds)

Though there was a short merge window breakge, Linus released the first release candidate for Linux v6.8, After the two weeks of the merge window. The size is smaller than the average. Seems Linus suspects the holidays.

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 2022-01-22 | ~/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 -rc1 releases in the last two years.

rc1 release stat

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