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SubjectRe: [patch] swap-speedup-2.4.3-B3 (fwd)
On Thu, 26 Apr 2001, Ingo Molnar wrote:

> On Thu, 26 Apr 2001, Mike Galbraith wrote:
>
> > 2.4.4.pre7.virgin
> > real 11m33.589s
>
> > 2.4.4.pre7.sillyness
> > real 9m30.336s
>
> very interesting. Looks like there are still reserves in the VM, for heavy
> workloads. (and swapping is all about heavy workloads.)
>
> it would be interesting to see why your patch has such a good effect.
> (and it would be nice get the same improvement in a clean way.)

It's not good.. it's an ugly beaste from hell ;-)

> > - if (!page->age)
> > - deactivate_page(page);
> > + age_page_down(page);
>
> this one preserves the cache a bit more agressively.

(intent)

>
> > /* Always start by trying to penalize the process that is allocating memory */
> > if (mm)
> > - retval = swap_out_mm(mm, swap_amount(mm));
> > + return swap_out_mm(mm, swap_amount(mm));
>
> keep swap-out activity more focused to the process that is generating the
> VM pressure. It might make sense to test this single change in isolation.
> (While we cannot ignore to swap out other contexts under memory pressure,
> we could do something to make it focused on the current MM a bit more.)

(also the intent.. make 'em pagein like a bugger to slow down cache munh)

> > + static unsigned long lastscan;
> > +
> > + if (lastscan == jiffies)
> > + return 0;
>
> limit the runtime of refill_inactive_scan(). This is similar to Rik's
> reclaim-limit+aging-tuning patch to linux-mm yesterday. could you try
> Rik's patch with your patch except this jiffies hack, does it still
> achieve the same improvement?

No. It livelocked on me with almost all active pages exausted.

> > + int shortage = inactive_shortage();
> >
> > + if (refill_inactive_scan(DEF_PRIORITY, 0) < shortage)
> > /* If refill_inactive_scan failed, try to page stuff out.. */
> > swap_out(DEF_PRIORITY, gfp_mask);
> >
> > + return 0;
>
> (i cannot see how this chunk affects the VM, AFAICS this too makes the
> zapping of the cache less agressive.)

(more folks get snagged on write.. they can't eat cache so fast)

-Mike

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