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SubjectRe: [PATCH v2 2/2] vmscan: shrink_slab() require number of lru_pages, not page order
On Tue, 13 Jul 2010 14:41:28 +0900 (JST)
KOSAKI Motohiro <kosaki.motohiro@jp.fujitsu.com> wrote:

> Now, shrink_slab() has following scanning equation.
>
> lru_scanned max_pass
> basic_scan_objects = 4 x ------------- x -----------------------------
> lru_pages shrinker->seeks (default:2)
>
> scan_objects = min(basic_scan_objects, max_pass * 2)
>
> Then, If we pass very small value as lru_pages instead real number of
> lru pages, shrink_slab() drop much objects rather than necessary. and
> now, __zone_reclaim() pass 'order' as lru_pages by mistake. that makes
> bad result.
>
> Example, If we receive very low memory pressure (scan = 32, order = 0),
> shrink_slab() via zone_reclaim() always drop _all_ icache/dcache
> objects. (see above equation, very small lru_pages make very big
> scan_objects result)
>
> This patch fixes it.
>
> Signed-off-by: KOSAKI Motohiro <kosaki.motohiro@jp.fujitsu.com>
> Reviewed-by: Minchan Kim <minchan.kim@gmail.com>
> Acked-by: Christoph Lameter <cl@linux-foundation.org>
> Acked-by: Rik van Riel <riel@redhat.com>
> ---
> mm/vmscan.c | 4 +++-
> 1 files changed, 3 insertions(+), 1 deletions(-)
>
> diff --git a/mm/vmscan.c b/mm/vmscan.c
> index 6ff51c0..1bf9f72 100644
> --- a/mm/vmscan.c
> +++ b/mm/vmscan.c
> @@ -2612,6 +2612,8 @@ static int __zone_reclaim(struct zone *zone, gfp_t gfp_mask, unsigned int order)
>
> nr_slab_pages0 = zone_page_state(zone, NR_SLAB_RECLAIMABLE);
> if (nr_slab_pages0 > zone->min_slab_pages) {
> + unsigned long lru_pages = zone_reclaimable_pages(zone);
> +
> /*
> * shrink_slab() does not currently allow us to determine how
> * many pages were freed in this zone. So we take the current
> @@ -2622,7 +2624,7 @@ static int __zone_reclaim(struct zone *zone, gfp_t gfp_mask, unsigned int order)
> * Note that shrink_slab will free memory on all zones and may
> * take a long time.
> */
> - while (shrink_slab(sc.nr_scanned, gfp_mask, order) &&
> + while (shrink_slab(sc.nr_scanned, gfp_mask, lru_pages) &&
> (zone_page_state(zone, NR_SLAB_RECLAIMABLE) + nr_pages >
> nr_slab_pages0))
> ;

Wouldn't it be better to recalculate zone_reclaimable_pages() each time
around the loop? For example, shrink_icache_memory()->prune_icache()
will remove pagecache from an inode if it hits the tail of the list.
This can change the number of reclaimable pages by squigabytes, but
this code thinks nothing changed?




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