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SubjectRe: [RFC PATCH 0/3] mm: unclutter THP migration
Are there any more comments here? It seems the initial reaction wasn't
all that bad and so I would like to post this with RFC dropped.

On Fri 08-12-17 17:15:56, Michal Hocko wrote:
> On Thu 07-12-17 15:34:01, Michal Hocko wrote:
> > On Thu 07-12-17 22:10:47, Zi Yan wrote:
> [...]
> > > I agree with you that we should try to migrate all tail pages if the THP
> > > needs to be split. But this might not be compatible with "getting
> > > migration results" in unmap_and_move(), since a caller of
> > > migrate_pages() may want to know the status of each page in the
> > > migration list via int **result in get_new_page() (e.g.
> > > new_page_node()). The caller has no idea whether a THP in its migration
> > > list will be split or not, thus, storing migration results might be
> > > quite tricky if tail pages are added into the migration list.
> >
> > Ouch. I wasn't aware of this "beauty". I will try to wrap my head around
> > this code and think about what to do about it. Thanks for point me to
> > it.
>
> OK, so was staring at this yesterday and concluded that the current
> implementation of do_move_page_to_node_array is unfixable to work with
> split_thp_page_list in migrate_pages. So I've reimplemented it to not
> use the quite ugly fixed sized batching. Instead I am using dynamic
> batching based on the same node request. See the patch 1 for more
> details about implementation. This will allow us to remove the quite
> ugly 'int **reason' from the allocation callback as well. This is patch
> 2 and patch 3 is finally the thp migration code.
>
> Diffstat is quite supportive for this cleanup.
> include/linux/migrate.h | 7 +-
> include/linux/page-isolation.h | 3 +-
> mm/compaction.c | 3 +-
> mm/huge_memory.c | 6 +
> mm/internal.h | 1 +
> mm/memory_hotplug.c | 5 +-
> mm/mempolicy.c | 40 +----
> mm/migrate.c | 350 ++++++++++++++++++-----------------------
> mm/page_isolation.c | 3 +-
> 9 files changed, 177 insertions(+), 241 deletions(-)
>
> Does anybody see any issues with this approach?
>
> On a side note:
> There are some semantic issues I have encountered on the way but I am
> not addressing them here. E.g. trying to move THP tail pages will result
> in either success or EBUSY (the later one more likely once we isolate
> head from the LRU list). Hugetlb reports EACCESS on tail pages.
> Some errors are reported via status parameter but migration failures are
> not even though the original `reason' argument suggests there was an
> intention to do so. From a quick look into git history this never
> worked. I have tried to keep the semantic unchanged.
>
> Then there is a relatively minor thing that the page isolation might
> fail because of pages not being on the LRU - e.g. because they are
> sitting on the per-cpu LRU caches. Easily fixable.

--
Michal Hocko
SUSE Labs

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