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mmap(2), munmap(2), and mprotect(2) unlocked

Contributed by rueda on from the woosh! dept.

Martin Pieuchot (mpi@) has committed a change unlocking the mmap(2), munmap(2), and mprotect(2) system calls:

Module name:	src
Changes by:	2022/11/08 04:05:57

Modified files:
	sys/kern       : syscalls.master 

Log message:
Mark mmap(2), munmap(2) and mprotect(2) as NOLOCK.

Accesses to data structures used by these syscalls are serialized by the
VM map lock with the exception of file mappings which are still protected
by the KERNEL_LOCK().

Unlocking this set of syscalls improves most of userland workloads.

Tested by many including robert@ (since 2 years), mlarkin@, kn@, sdk@,
jca@, aoyama@, naddy@, Scott Bennett and others. Thanks to all!

Joint work with kn@.

ok robert@, aja@, kettenis@, kn@, deraadt@, beck@

The improvement in workload performance can be quite marked. Following Martin's request for testing, Mike Larkin (mlarkin@) reported build performance improvement of over 12%!

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