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SubjectRe: [PATCH] allocation looping + kswapd CPU cycles


On Thu, 10 May 2001, Mark Hemment wrote:

>
> On Wed, 9 May 2001, Marcelo Tosatti wrote:
> > On Wed, 9 May 2001, Mark Hemment wrote:
> > > Could introduce another allocation flag (__GFP_FAIL?) which is or'ed
> > > with a __GFP_WAIT to limit the looping?
> >
> > __GFP_FAIL is in the -ac tree already and it is being used by the bounce
> > buffer allocation code.
>
> Thanks for the pointer.
>
> For non-zero order allocations, the test against __GFP_FAIL is a little
> too soon; it would be better after we've tried to reclaim pages from the
> inactive-clean list. Any nasty side effects to this?

No. __GFP_FAIL can to try to reclaim pages from inactive clean.

We just want to avoid __GFP_FAIL allocations from going to
try_to_free_pages().

> Plus, the code still prevents PF_MEMALLOC processes from using the
> inactive-clean list for non-zero order allocations. As the trend seems to
> be to make zero and non-zero allocations 'equivalent', shouldn't this
> restriction to lifted?

I don't see any problem about making non-zero allocations be able to
directly reclaim pages.


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