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SubjectRe: [PATCH] VM fixes against 2.4.4-ac6


On Fri, 11 May 2001, Marcelo Tosatti wrote:

> Hi,
>
> The following patch addresses two issues:
>
>
> - Buffer cache pages in the inactive lists are not getting their age
> increased if they get touched by getblk (which will set the referenced bit
> on the page). page_launder() simply cleans the referenced bit on such
> pages and moves them to the active list. To resume: buffercache pages
> suffer more pressure from VM than pagecache pages. That is horrible for
> performance.
>
>
> - When there is no memory available on the system for normal allocations
> (GFP_KERNEL), the tasks may loop in try_to_free_pages() (which is here
> called by __alloc_pages()) without blocking:
>
> - GFP_BUFFER allocations will _never_ block on IO inside
> try_to_free_pages(). They will keep looping inside __alloc_pages()
> until they get a free page.
>
> - __GFP_IO|__GFP_WAIT allocations may not find any way to block on
> IO inside try_to_free_pages() in case we already have other tasks
> inside there (kswapd will be there in such condition, for sure).

Ah, one subtle issue here: if they loop, they'll probably bump
memory_pressure a lot.

That will result in a bigger inactive target, which means aggressive
aging.



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