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SubjectRe: [PATCH] mm: disallow direct reclaim page writeback
On Thu, Apr 15, 2010 at 03:35:14PM +0900, KOSAKI Motohiro wrote:
> > On Thu, Apr 15, 2010 at 01:09:01PM +0900, KOSAKI Motohiro wrote:
> > > Hi
> > >
> > > > How about this? For now, we stop direct reclaim from doing writeback
> > > > only on order zero allocations, but allow it for higher order
> > > > allocations. That will prevent the majority of situations where
> > > > direct reclaim blows the stack and interferes with background
> > > > writeout, but won't cause lumpy reclaim to change behaviour.
> > > > This reduces the scope of impact and hence testing and validation
> > > > the needs to be done.
> > >
> > > Tend to agree. but I would proposed slightly different algorithm for
> > > avoind incorrect oom.
> > >
> > > for high order allocation
> > > allow to use lumpy reclaim and pageout() for both kswapd and direct reclaim
> >
> > SO same as current.
> Yes. as same as you propsed.
> >
> > > for low order allocation
> > > - kswapd: always delegate io to flusher thread
> > > - direct reclaim: delegate io to flusher thread only if vm pressure is low
> >
> > IMO, this really doesn't fix either of the problems - the bad IO
> > patterns nor the stack usage. All it will take is a bit more memory
> > pressure to trigger stack and IO problems, and the user reporting the
> > problems is generating an awful lot of memory pressure...
> This patch doesn't care stack usage. because
> - again, I think all stack eater shold be diet.

Agreed (again), but we've already come to the conclusion that a
stack diet is not enough.

> - under allowing lumpy reclaim world, only deny low order reclaim
> doesn't solve anything.

Yes, I suggested it *as a first step*, not as the end goal. Your
patches don't reach the first step which is fixing the reported
stack problem for order-0 allocations...

> Please don't forget priority=0 recliam failure incvoke OOM-killer.
> I don't imagine anyone want it.

Given that I haven't been able to trigger OOM without writeback from
direct reclaim so far (*) I'm not finding any evidence that it is a
problem or that there are regressions. I want to be able to say
that this change has no known regressions. I want to find the
regression and work to fix them, but without test cases there's no
way I can do this.

This is what I'm getting frustrated about - I want to fix this
problem once and for all, but I can't find out what I need to do to
robustly test such a change so we can have a high degree of
confidence that it doesn't introduce major regressions. Can anyone
help here?

(*) except in one case I've already described where it mananged to
allocate enough huge pages to starve the system of order zero pages,
which is what I asked it to do.

> And, Which IO workload trigger <6 priority vmscan?

You're asking me? I've been asking you for workloads that wind up
reclaim priority.... :/

All I can say is that the most common trigger I see for OOM is
copying a large file on a busy system that is running off a single
spindle. When that happens on my laptop I walk away and get a cup
of coffee when that happens and when I come back I pick up all the
broken bits the OOM killer left behind.....


Dave Chinner

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