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SubjectRe: [rfc] balance-on-fork NUMA placement
Nick Piggin wrote:
> On Tue, Jul 31, 2007 at 11:14:08AM +0200, Andi Kleen wrote:
>> On Tuesday 31 July 2007 07:41, Nick Piggin wrote:
>>
>>> I haven't given this idea testing yet, but I just wanted to get some
>>> opinions on it first. NUMA placement still isn't ideal (eg. tasks with
>>> a memory policy will not do any placement, and process migrations of
>>> course will leave the memory behind...), but it does give a bit more
>>> chance for the memory controllers and interconnects to get evenly
>>> loaded.
>> I didn't think slab honored mempolicies by default?
>> At least you seem to need to set special process flags.
>>
>>> NUMA balance-on-fork code is in a good position to allocate all of a new
>>> process's memory on a chosen node. However, it really only starts
>>> allocating on the correct node after the process starts running.
>>>
>>> task and thread structures, stack, mm_struct, vmas, page tables etc. are
>>> all allocated on the parent's node.
>> The page tables should be only allocated when the process runs; except
>> for the PGD.
>
> We certainly used to copy all page tables on fork. Not any more, but we
> must still copy anonymous page tables.

This topic seems to come up periodically every since we first introduced
the NUMA scheduler, and every time we decide it's a bad idea. What's
changed? What workloads does this improve (aside from some artificial
benchmark like stream)?

To repeat the conclusions of last time ... the primary problem is that
99% of the time, we exec after we fork, and it makes that fork/exec
cycle slower, not faster, so exec is generally a much better time to do
this. There's no good predictor of whether we'll exec after fork, unless
one has magically appeared since late 2.5.x ?

M.

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