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SubjectRe: [RFC][PATCH] mm: remove unnecessary loop inside shrink_inactive_list()
On Fri, Aug 21, 2009 at 07:09:17PM +0800, KOSAKI Motohiro wrote:
> 2009/8/20 Wu Fengguang <fengguang.wu@intel.com>:
> > shrink_inactive_list() won't be called to scan too much pages
> > (unless in hibernation code which is fine) or too few pages (ie.
> > batching is taken care of by the callers).  So we can just remove the
> > big loop and isolate the exact number of pages requested.
> >
> > Just a RFC, and a scratch patch to show the basic idea.
> > Please kindly NAK quick if you don't like it ;)
>
> Hm, I think this patch taks only cleanups. right?
> if so, I don't find any objection reason.

Mostly cleanups, but one behavior change here:

> > -               nr_taken = sc->isolate_pages(sc->swap_cluster_max,
> > +               nr_taken = sc->isolate_pages(nr_to_scan,
> >                             &page_list, &nr_scan, sc->order, mode,
> >                                zone, sc->mem_cgroup, 0, file);

The new behavior is to scan exactly the number of pages that
shrink_zone() or other callers tell it. It won't try to "round it up"
to 32 pages. This new behavior is in line with shrink_active_list()'s
current status as well as shrink_zone()'s expectation.

shrink_zone() may still submit scan requests for <32 pages, which is
suboptimal. I'll try to eliminate that totally with more patches.

> >                nr_active = clear_active_flags(&page_list, count);
> > @@ -1093,7 +1095,6 @@ static unsigned long shrink_inactive_lis
> >
> >                spin_unlock_irq(&zone->lru_lock);
> >
> > -               nr_scanned += nr_scan;
> >                nr_freed = shrink_page_list(&page_list, sc, PAGEOUT_IO_ASYNC);
> >
> >                /*
> > @@ -1117,7 +1118,7 @@ static unsigned long shrink_inactive_lis
> >                                                        PAGEOUT_IO_SYNC);
> >                }
> >
> > -               nr_reclaimed += nr_freed;
> > +               nr_reclaimed = nr_freed;
>
> maybe, nr_freed can be removed perfectly. it have the same meaning as
> nr_reclaimed.

Yes, good spot!

Thanks,
Fengguang
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