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SubjectRe: [2.4.17/18pre] VM and swap - it's really unusable
On Fri, Jan 04, 2002 at 03:24:09PM +0100, Stephan von Krawczynski wrote:
> On Fri, 4 Jan 2002 15:14:38 +0100
> Andrea Arcangeli <andrea@suse.de> wrote:
>
> > On Fri, Jan 04, 2002 at 01:33:21PM +0100, Stephan von Krawczynski wrote:
> > > On Thu, 03 Jan 2002 20:14:42 -0600
> > > "M.H.VanLeeuwen" <vanl@megsinet.net> wrote:
> > >
> > > And there is another difference here:
> > >
> > > + if (max_mapped <= 0 && nr_pages > 0)
> > > + swap_out(priority, gfp_mask, classzone);
> > > +
> > >
> > > It sounds reasonable _not_ to swap in case of success (nr_pages == 0).
> > > To me this looks pretty interesting. Is something like this already in -aa?
> > > This patch may be worth applying in 2.4. It is small and looks like the
> right> > thing to do.
> >
> > -aa swapout as soon as max_mapped hits zero. So it basically does it
> > internally (i.e. way more times) and so it will most certainly be able
> > to sustain an higher swap transfer rate. You can check with the mtest01
> > -w test from ltp.
>
> Hm, but do you think this is really good in overall performance, especially the
> frequent cases where no swap should be needed _at all_ to do a successful
> shrinking? And - as can be viewed in Martins tests - if you have no swap at

the common case is that max_mapped doesn't reach zero, so either ways
(mainline or -aa) it's the same (i.e. no special exit path).

> all, you seem to trigger OOM earlier through the short path exit in shrink,
> which is a obvious nono. I would state it wrong to fix the oom-killer for this
> case, because it should not be reached at all.

Correct. Incidentally swap or no swap doesn't make any difference on the
exit-path of shrink_cache in -aa (furthmore if swap is full or if everything is
unfreeable I stop wasting an huge amount of time on the swap_out path at the
first failure, this allows graceful oom handling or it would nearly deadlock
there trying tp swap unfreeable stuff at every max_mapped reached). In -aa
max_mapped doesn't influcence in any way the exit path of shrink_cache.
max_mapped only controls the swapout-frequency. See:

if (!page->mapping || page_count(page) > 1) {
spin_unlock(&pagecache_lock);
UnlockPage(page);
page_mapped:
if (--max_mapped < 0) {
spin_unlock(&pagemap_lru_lock);
shrink_dcache_memory(vm_scan_ratio, gfp_mask);
shrink_icache_memory(vm_scan_ratio, gfp_mask);
#ifdef CONFIG_QUOTA
shrink_dqcache_memory(vm_scan_ratio, gfp_mask);
#endif

if (!*failed_swapout)
*failed_swapout = !swap_out(classzone);
max_mapped = orig_max_mapped;
spin_lock(&pagemap_lru_lock);
}
continue;
}
So it should work just fine as far I can tell.

Andrea
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