Re: Minor page faults from pthread_create()

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Em Fri, Jan 06, 2012 at 09:46:29PM +0100, Adrian Knoth escreveu:
> While playing with
> I was wondering why pthread_create() should cause minor page faults when
> there is a pre-allocated pre-faulted 100MB memory pool.
> Simply running the example causes roughly 30 minor page faults. When I
> manually allocate stack memory for the stack (after mlockall() and
> mallopt have been called) and use pthread_attr_setstack() before calling
> pthread_create(), minor page faults drop to 2.
> Does anybody happen to know what is causing these remaining two page
> faults? My only guess so far is kernel memory to hold some
> organizational data for the new thread after clone() has been invoked,
> but this could also be completely wrong.
> Note that I don't need to get page faults down to 0, I'm only looking
> for an explanation to understand the issue at hand to confirm that
> pthread_create() must not be used from an RT context.


$ perf record --event minor-faults --call-graph your-program
$ perf report

Should answer that question if running on a -fno-omit-frame-pointer
binary world. Or at least provide the callchains for the kernel part of
the call chains.

32-bit distros should be OK in that respect.

- Arnaldo
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