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SubjectRe: [PATCH] thp: reduce khugepaged freezing latency
On Wed, Nov 09, 2011 at 01:31:07AM +0530, Srivatsa S. Bhat wrote:
> On 11/08/2011 08:59 PM, Andrea Arcangeli wrote:
> > Lack of set_freezable_with_signal() prevented khugepaged to be waken
> > up (and prevented to sleep again) across the
> > schedule_timeout_interruptible() calls after freezing() becomes
> > true. The tight loop in khugepaged_alloc_hugepage() also missed one
> > try_to_freeze() call in case alloc_hugepage() would repeatedly fail in
> > turn preventing the loop to break and to reach the try_to_freeze() in
> > the khugepaged main loop.
> >
> > khugepaged would still freeze just fine by trying again the next
> > minute but it's better if it freezes immediately.
> >
> > Reported-by: Jiri Slaby <jslaby@suse.cz>
> > Signed-off-by: Andrea Arcangeli <aarcange@redhat.com>
> > ---
> > mm/huge_memory.c | 3 ++-
> > 1 files changed, 2 insertions(+), 1 deletions(-)
> >
> > diff --git a/mm/huge_memory.c b/mm/huge_memory.c
> > index 4298aba..67311d1 100644
> > --- a/mm/huge_memory.c
> > +++ b/mm/huge_memory.c
> > @@ -2277,6 +2277,7 @@ static struct page *khugepaged_alloc_hugepage(void)
> > if (!hpage) {
> > count_vm_event(THP_COLLAPSE_ALLOC_FAILED);
> > khugepaged_alloc_sleep();
> > + try_to_freeze();
> > } else
> > count_vm_event(THP_COLLAPSE_ALLOC);
> > } while (unlikely(!hpage) &&
> > @@ -2331,7 +2332,7 @@ static int khugepaged(void *none)
> > {
> > struct mm_slot *mm_slot;
> >
> > - set_freezable();
> > + set_freezable_with_signal();
> > set_user_nice(current, 19);
> >
> > /* serialize with start_khugepaged() */
> >
>
> Why do we need to use both set_freezable_with_signal() and an additional
> try_to_freeze()? Won't just using either one of them be good enough?
> Or am I missing something here?

set_freezable_with_signal() makes khugepaged quit and not re-enter the
sleep, try_to_freeze is needed to get the task from freezing to
frozen, otherwise it'll loop without getting frozen.


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