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SubjectRe: [PATCH 5/7] mm: vmscan: Do not writeback filesystem pages in kswapd except in high priority
On Thu, 11 Aug 2011 21:25:04 +0100
Mel Gorman <mgorman@suse.de> wrote:

> On Thu, Aug 11, 2011 at 06:10:29PM +0900, KAMEZAWA Hiroyuki wrote:
> > On Wed, 10 Aug 2011 11:47:18 +0100
> > Mel Gorman <mgorman@suse.de> wrote:
> >
> > > It is preferable that no dirty pages are dispatched for cleaning from
> > > the page reclaim path. At normal priorities, this patch prevents kswapd
> > > writing pages.
> > >
> > > However, page reclaim does have a requirement that pages be freed
> > > in a particular zone. If it is failing to make sufficient progress
> > > (reclaiming < SWAP_CLUSTER_MAX at any priority priority), the priority
> > > is raised to scan more pages. A priority of DEF_PRIORITY - 3 is
> > > considered to be the point where kswapd is getting into trouble
> > > reclaiming pages. If this priority is reached, kswapd will dispatch
> > > pages for writing.
> > >
> > > Signed-off-by: Mel Gorman <mgorman@suse.de>
> > > Reviewed-by: Minchan Kim <minchan.kim@gmail.com>
> >
> >
> > Reviewed-by: KAMEZAWA Hiroyuki <kamezawa.hiroyu@jp.fujitsu.com>
> >
>
> Thanks
>
> > BTW, I'd like to see summary of the effect of priority..
> >
>
> What sort of summary are you looking for? If pressure is high enough,
> writes start happening from reclaim. On NUMA, it can be particularly
> pronounced. Here is a summary of page writes from reclaim over a range
> of tests
>
> 512M1P-xfs Page writes file fsmark 8113 74
> 512M1P-xfs Page writes file simple-wb 19895 1
> 512M1P-xfs Page writes file mmap-strm 997 95
> 512M-xfs Page writes file fsmark 12071 9
> 512M-xfs Page writes file simple-wb 31709 1
> 512M-xfs Page writes file mmap-strm 148274 2448
> 512M-4X-xfs Page writes file fsmark 12828 0
> 512M-4X-xfs Page writes file simple-wb 32168 5
> 512M-4X-xfs Page writes file mmap-strm 346460 4405
> 512M-16X-xfs Page writes file fsmark 11566 29
> 512M-16X-xfs Page writes file simple-wb 31935 4
> 512M-16X-xfs Page writes file mmap-strm 38085 4371
>
> With 1 processor (512M1P), very few writes occur as for the most part
> flushers are keeping up. With 4x times more processors than there are
> CPUs (512M-4X), there are more writes by kswapd..
>
> 1024M1P-xfs Page writes file fsmark 3446 1
> 1024M1P-xfs Page writes file simple-wb 11697 6
> 1024M1P-xfs Page writes file mmap-strm 4077 446
> 1024M-xfs Page writes file fsmark 5159 0
> 1024M-xfs Page writes file simple-wb 12785 5
> 1024M-xfs Page writes file mmap-strm 251153 8108
> 1024M-4X-xfs Page writes file fsmark 4781 0
> 1024M-4X-xfs Page writes file simple-wb 12486 6
> 1024M-4X-xfs Page writes file mmap-strm 1627122 15000
> 1024M-16X-xfs Page writes file fsmark 3777 1
> 1024M-16X-xfs Page writes file simple-wb 11856 2
> 1024M-16X-xfs Page writes file mmap-strm 6563 2638
> 4608M1P-xfs Page writes file fsmark 1497 0
> 4608M1P-xfs Page writes file simple-wb 4305 0
> 4608M1P-xfs Page writes file mmap-strm 17586 10153
> 4608M-xfs Page writes file fsmark 3380 0
> 4608M-xfs Page writes file simple-wb 5528 0
> 4608M-4X-xfs Page writes file fsmark 4650 0
> 4608M-4X-xfs Page writes file simple-wb 5621 0
> 4608M-4X-xfs Page writes file mmap-strm 149751 18395
> 4608M-16X-xfs Page writes file fsmark 388 0
> 4608M-16X-xfs Page writes file simple-wb 5466 0
> 4608M-16X-xfs Page writes file mmap-strm 3349772 19307
>
> This is the same type of tests just with more memory. If enough
> processes are running, kswapd will start writing pages as it tries
> to reclaim memory.
>
> 4096M8N-xfs Page writes file fsmark 11571 8163
> 4096M8N-xfs Page writes file simple-wb 28979 11460
> 4096M8N-xfs Page writes file mmap-strm 178999 12181
> 4096M8N-4X-xfs Page writes file fsmark 14421 7487
> 4096M8N-4X-xfs Page writes file simple-wb 26474 10529
> 4096M8N-4X-xfs Page writes file mmap-strm 163770 58765
> 4096M8N-16X-xfs Page writes file fsmark 16726 9265
> 4096M8N-16X-xfs Page writes file simple-wb 28800 11129
> 4096M8N-16X-xfs Page writes file mmap-strm 73303 48267
>
> This is with 8 NUMA nodes, each 512M in size. As the flusher threads are
> not targetting a specific ndoe, kswapd writing pages happens more
> frequently.
>

Thank you for illustration.

> Is this what you are looking for?
>

I just wondered how 'priority' is used over vmscan.c

It's used for
- calculate # of pages to be scanned.
- sleep(congestion_wait())
- change reclaim mode
- reclaim stall detection
- quit scan loop
- all_unreclaimable detection
- swap token
- write back skip <----- New!
To me, it seems a value is used for many purpose.
And I wonder whether this is good or not..

Thanks,
-Kame










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