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SubjectRe: [PATCH -mm 13/25] Noreclaim LRU Infrastructure
On Fri, 6 Jun 2008 18:05:06 -0700
Andrew Morton <akpm@linux-foundation.org> wrote:

> > +config NORECLAIM_LRU
> > + bool "Add LRU list to track non-reclaimable pages (EXPERIMENTAL, 64BIT only)"
> > + depends on EXPERIMENTAL && 64BIT
> > + help
> > + Supports tracking of non-reclaimable pages off the [in]active lists
> > + to avoid excessive reclaim overhead on large memory systems. Pages
> > + may be non-reclaimable because: they are locked into memory, they
> > + are anonymous pages for which no swap space exists, or they are anon
> > + pages that are expensive to unmap [long anon_vma "related vma" list.]
>
> Aunt Tillie might be struggling with some of that.

I have now Aunt Tillified the description:

+++ linux-2.6.26-rc5-mm2/mm/Kconfig 2008-06-10 14:56:19.000000000 -0400
@@ -205,3 +205,13 @@ config NR_QUICK
config VIRT_TO_BUS
def_bool y
depends on !ARCH_NO_VIRT_TO_BUS
+
+config UNEVICTABLE_LRU
+ bool "Add LRU list to track non-evictable pages"
+ default y
+ help
+ Keeps unevictable pages off of the active and inactive pageout
+ lists, so kswapd will not waste CPU time or have its balancing
+ algorithms thrown off by scanning these pages. Selecting this
+ will use one page flag and increase the code size a little,
+ say Y unless you know what you are doing.
> Can we think of a new term which uniquely describes this new concept
> and use that, rather than flogging the old horse?

I have also switched to "unevictable".

> > +/**
> > + * add_page_to_noreclaim_list
> > + * @page: the page to be added to the noreclaim list
> > + *
> > + * Add page directly to its zone's noreclaim list. To avoid races with
> > + * tasks that might be making the page reclaimble while it's not on the
> > + * lru, we want to add the page while it's locked or otherwise "invisible"
> > + * to other tasks. This is difficult to do when using the pagevec cache,
> > + * so bypass that.
> > + */
>
> How does a task "make a page reclaimable"? munlock()? fsync()?
> exit()?
>
> Choice of terminology matters...

I have added a linuxdoc function description here and
amended the comment to specify the ways in which a task
can make a page evictable.

> > + VM_BUG_ON(PageActive(page) || PageNoreclaim(page));
>
> If this ever triggers, you'll wish that it had been coded with two
> separate assertions.

Good catch. I separated these.

> > +/**
> > + * putback_lru_page
> > + * @page to be put back to appropriate lru list

> The kerneldoc function description is missing.

Added this one, as well as a few others that were missing.

> > + } else if (page_reclaimable(page, NULL)) {
> > + /*
> > + * For reclaimable pages, we can use the cache.
> > + * In event of a race, worst case is we end up with a
> > + * non-reclaimable page on [in]active list.
> > + * We know how to handle that.
> > + */
> > + lru += page_file_cache(page);
> > + lru_cache_add_lru(page, lru);
> > + mem_cgroup_move_lists(page, lru);

> <stares for a while>
>
> <penny drops>
>
> So THAT'S what the magical "return 2" is doing in page_file_cache()!
>
> <looks>
>
> OK, after all the patches are applied, the "2" becomes LRU_FILE and the
> enumeration of `enum lru_list' reflects that.

In most places I have turned this into a call to page_lru(page).

> > +static inline void cull_nonreclaimable_page(struct page *page)

> Did you check whether all these inlined functions really should have
> been inlined? Even ones like this are probably too large.

Turned this into just a "static void" and renamed it
to cull_unevictable_page.

> > + /*
> > + * Non-reclaimable pages shouldn't make it onto either the active
> > + * nor the inactive list. However, when doing lumpy reclaim of
> > + * higher order pages we can still run into them.
>
> I guess that something along the lines of "when this function is being
> called for lumpy reclaim we can still .." would be clearer.

+ /*
+ * When this function is being called for lumpy reclaim, we
+ * initially look into all LRU pages, active, inactive and
+ * unreclaimable; only give shrink_page_list evictable pages.
+ */
+ if (PageUnevictable(page))
+ return ret;
... on to the next patch!

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