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SubjectRe: [PATCH v5 7/8] mm: Only IPI CPUs to drain local pages if they exist
On Thu, 5 Jan 2012 16:17:39 +0000
Mel Gorman <mel@csn.ul.ie> wrote:
> mm: page allocator: Guard against CPUs going offline while draining per-cpu page lists
>
> While running a CPU hotplug stress test under memory pressure, I
> saw cases where under enough stress the machine would halt although
> it required a machine with 8 cores and plenty memory. I think the
> problems may be related.

When we first implemented them, the percpu pages in the page allocator
were of really really marginal benefit. I didn't merge the patches at
all for several cycles, and it was eventually a 49/51 decision.

So I suggest that our approach to solving this particular problem
should be to nuke the whole thing, then see if that caused any
observeable problems. If it did, can we solve those problems by means
other than bringing the dang things back?



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