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SubjectRe: [RFC 0/3] Slab Defrag / Slab Targeted Reclaim and general Slab API changes
Christoph Lameter a écrit :
> On Sat, 5 May 2007, Eric Dumazet wrote:
>
>>> C. Introduces a slab_ops structure that allows a slab user to provide
>>> operations on slabs.
>> Could you please make it const ?
>
> Sure. Done.

thanks :)

>
>>> All of this is really not necessary since the compiler knows how to align
>>> structures and we should use this information instead of having the user
>>> specify an alignment. I would like to get rid of SLAB_HWCACHE_ALIGN
>>> and kmem_cache_create. Instead one would use the following macros (that
>>> then result in a call to __kmem_cache_create).
>> Hum, the problem is the compiler sometimes doesnt know the target processor
>> alignment.
>>
>> Adding ____cacheline_aligned to 'struct ...' definitions might be overkill if
>> you compile a generic kernel and happens to boot a Pentium III with it.
>
> Then add ___cacheline_aligned_in_smp or specify the alignment in the
> various other ways that exist. Practice is that most slabs specify
> SLAB_HWCACHE_ALIGN. So most slabs are cache aligned today.

Yes but this alignement is dynamic, not at compile time.

include/asm-i386/processor.h:739:#define cache_line_size()
(boot_cpu_data.x86_cache_alignment)

So adding ____cacheline_aligned to 'struct file' for example would be a
regression for people with PII or PIII
>
>> G. Being able to track the number of pages in a kmem_cache
>>
>>
>> If you look at fs/buffer.c, you'll notice the bh_accounting, recalc_bh_state()
>> that might be overkill for large SMP configurations, when the real concern is
>> to be able to limit the bh's not to exceed 10% of LOWMEM.
>>
>> Adding a callback in slab_ops to track total number of pages in use by a given
>> kmem_cache would be good.
>
> Such functionality exists internal to SLUB and in the reporting tool.
> I can export that function if you need it.
>
>> Same thing for fs/file_table.c : nr_file logic
>> (percpu_counter_dec()/percpu_counter_inc() for each file open/close) could be
>> simplified if we could just count the pages in use by filp_cachep kmem_cache.
>> The get_nr_files() thing is not worth the pain.
>
> Sure. What exactly do you want? The absolute number of pages of memory
> that the slab is using?
>
> kmem_cache_pages_in_use(struct kmem_cache *) ?
>
> The call will not be too lightweight since we will have to loop over all
> nodes and add the counters in each per node struct for allocates slabs.
>
>

On a typical system, number of pages for 'filp' kmem_cache tends to be stable

-bash-2.05b# grep filp /proc/slabinfo
filp 234727 374100 256 15 1 : tunables 120 60 8 :
slabdata 24940 24940 135
-bash-2.05b# grep filp /proc/slabinfo
filp 234776 374100 256 15 1 : tunables 120 60 8 :
slabdata 24940 24940 168
-bash-2.05b# grep filp /proc/slabinfo
filp 234728 374100 256 15 1 : tunables 120 60 8 :
slabdata 24940 24940 180
-bash-2.05b# grep filp /proc/slabinfo
filp 234724 374100 256 15 1 : tunables 120 60 8 :
slabdata 24940 24940 174

So revert nr_files logic to a single integer would be enough, even for NUMA

int nr_pages_used_by_filp;
int nr_pages_filp_limit;
int filp_in_danger __read_mostly;

static void callback_pages_in_use_by_filp(int inc)
{
int in_danger;
nr_pages_used_by_filp += inc;

in_danger = nr_pages_used_by_filp >= nr_pages_filp_limit;
if (in_danger != filp_in_danger)
filp_in_danger = in_danger;
}
struct file *get_empty_filp(void)
{
...
if (filp_in_danger && !capable(CAP_SYS_ADMIN))
goto over;
...
}

void __init files_init(unsigned long mempages)
{
...
nr_pages_filp_limit = (mempages * 10) / 100; /* 10% for filp use */
...
}
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