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SubjectRe: [PATCH 6/8] Add __GFP_OTHER_NODE flag
On 2/22/2011 1:42 PM, David Rientjes wrote:
> This makes the accounting worse, NUMA_LOCAL is defined as "allocation from
> local node," meaning it's local to the allocating cpu, not local to the
> node being targeted.

Local to the process really (and I defined it originally ...) That is
what I'm implementing

I don't think "local to some random kernel daemon which changes mappings
on behalf of others"
makes any sense as semantics.

> Further, preferred_zone has taken on a much more significant meaning other
> than just statistics: it impacts the behavior of memory compaction and how
> long congestion timeouts are, if a timeout is taken at all, depending on
> the I/O being done on behalf of the zone.
> A better way to address the issue is by making sure preferred_zone is
> actually correct by using the appropriate zonelist to be passed into the
> allocator in the first place

That is what is done already (well for THP together with my other patches)
The problem is just that local_hit/miss still uses numa_node_id() and
not the preferred zone
to do the accounting. In most cases that's fine and intended, just not
for these
special daemons.


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