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Subject[PATCH 4.10 046/167] mm/page_alloc: fix nodes for reclaim in fast path
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4.10-stable review patch.  If anyone has any objections, please let me know.

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From: Gavin Shan <gwshan@linux.vnet.ibm.com>

commit e02dc017c3032dcdce1b993af0db135462e1b4b7 upstream.

When @node_reclaim_node isn't 0, the page allocator tries to reclaim
pages if the amount of free memory in the zones are below the low
watermark. On Power platform, none of NUMA nodes are scanned for page
reclaim because no nodes match the condition in zone_allows_reclaim().
On Power platform, RECLAIM_DISTANCE is set to 10 which is the distance
of Node-A to Node-A. So the preferred node even won't be scanned for
page reclaim.

__alloc_pages_nodemask()
get_page_from_freelist()
zone_allows_reclaim()

Anton proposed the test code as below:

# cat alloc.c
:
int main(int argc, char *argv[])
{
void *p;
unsigned long size;
unsigned long start, end;

start = time(NULL);
size = strtoul(argv[1], NULL, 0);
printf("To allocate %ldGB memory\n", size);

size <<= 30;
p = malloc(size);
assert(p);
memset(p, 0, size);

end = time(NULL);
printf("Used time: %ld seconds\n", end - start);
sleep(3600);
return 0;
}

The system I use for testing has two NUMA nodes. Both have 128GB
memory. In below scnario, the page caches on node#0 should be reclaimed
when it encounters pressure to accommodate request of allocation.

# echo 2 > /proc/sys/vm/zone_reclaim_mode; \
sync; \
echo 3 > /proc/sys/vm/drop_caches; \
# taskset -c 0 cat file.32G > /dev/null; \
grep FilePages /sys/devices/system/node/node0/meminfo
Node 0 FilePages: 33619712 kB
# taskset -c 0 ./alloc 128
# grep FilePages /sys/devices/system/node/node0/meminfo
Node 0 FilePages: 33619840 kB
# grep MemFree /sys/devices/system/node/node0/meminfo
Node 0 MemFree: 186816 kB

With the patch applied, the pagecache on node-0 is reclaimed when its
free memory is running out. It's the expected behaviour.

# echo 2 > /proc/sys/vm/zone_reclaim_mode; \
sync; \
echo 3 > /proc/sys/vm/drop_caches
# taskset -c 0 cat file.32G > /dev/null; \
grep FilePages /sys/devices/system/node/node0/meminfo
Node 0 FilePages: 33605568 kB
# taskset -c 0 ./alloc 128
# grep FilePages /sys/devices/system/node/node0/meminfo
Node 0 FilePages: 1379520 kB
# grep MemFree /sys/devices/system/node/node0/meminfo
Node 0 MemFree: 317120 kB

Fixes: 5f7a75acdb24 ("mm: page_alloc: do not cache reclaim distances")
Link: http://lkml.kernel.org/r/1486532455-29613-1-git-send-email-gwshan@linux.vnet.ibm.com
Signed-off-by: Gavin Shan <gwshan@linux.vnet.ibm.com>
Acked-by: Mel Gorman <mgorman@suse.de>
Acked-by: Michal Hocko <mhocko@suse.com>
Cc: Anton Blanchard <anton@samba.org>
Cc: Michael Ellerman <mpe@ellerman.id.au>
Signed-off-by: Andrew Morton <akpm@linux-foundation.org>
Signed-off-by: Linus Torvalds <torvalds@linux-foundation.org>
Signed-off-by: Greg Kroah-Hartman <gregkh@linuxfoundation.org>

---
mm/page_alloc.c | 2 +-
1 file changed, 1 insertion(+), 1 deletion(-)

--- a/mm/page_alloc.c
+++ b/mm/page_alloc.c
@@ -2877,7 +2877,7 @@ bool zone_watermark_ok_safe(struct zone
#ifdef CONFIG_NUMA
static bool zone_allows_reclaim(struct zone *local_zone, struct zone *zone)
{
- return node_distance(zone_to_nid(local_zone), zone_to_nid(zone)) <
+ return node_distance(zone_to_nid(local_zone), zone_to_nid(zone)) <=
RECLAIM_DISTANCE;
}
#else /* CONFIG_NUMA */

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