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Subject[PATCH] mm: evict streaming IO cache first
Hi Andrew,

I think we need this patch at 2.6.28.
Can this thinking get acception?


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From: Rik van Riel <riel@redhat.com>

Gene Heskett reported 2.6.28-rc3 often make unnecessary swap-out
on his system(4GB mem, 2GB swap).
and He has had to do a "swapoff -a; swapon -a" daily to clear the swap.


Actually, When there is a lot of streaming IO (or lite memory pressure workload)
going on, we do not want to scan or evict pages from the working set.
The old VM used to skip any mapped page, but still evict indirect blocks and
other data that is useful to cache.

This patch adds logic to skip scanning the anon lists and
the active file list if most of the file pages are on the
inactive file list (where streaming IO pages live), while
at the lowest scanning priority.

If the system is not doing a lot of streaming IO, eg. the
system is running a database workload, then more often used
file pages will be on the active file list and this logic
is automatically disabled.


IOW, Large server apparently doesn't need this patch. but
desktop or small server need it.


Signed-off-by: Rik van Riel <riel@redhat.com>
Signed-off-by: KOSAKI Motohiro <kosaki.motohiro@jp.fujitsu.com>
Ackted-by: Gene Heskett <gene.heskett@gmail.com>
Tested-by: Gene Heskett <gene.heskett@gmail.com>
---
include/linux/mmzone.h | 1 +
mm/vmscan.c | 18 ++++++++++++++++--
2 files changed, 17 insertions(+), 2 deletions(-)

Index: b/include/linux/mmzone.h
===================================================================
--- a/include/linux/mmzone.h 2008-11-10 16:10:34.000000000 +0900
+++ b/include/linux/mmzone.h 2008-11-10 16:12:20.000000000 +0900
@@ -453,6 +453,7 @@ static inline int zone_is_oom_locked(con
* queues ("queue_length >> 12") during an aging round.
*/
#define DEF_PRIORITY 12
+#define PRIO_CACHE_ONLY (DEF_PRIORITY+1)

/* Maximum number of zones on a zonelist */
#define MAX_ZONES_PER_ZONELIST (MAX_NUMNODES * MAX_NR_ZONES)
Index: b/mm/vmscan.c
===================================================================
--- a/mm/vmscan.c 2008-11-10 16:10:34.000000000 +0900
+++ b/mm/vmscan.c 2008-11-10 16:11:30.000000000 +0900
@@ -1443,6 +1443,20 @@ static unsigned long shrink_zone(int pri
}
}

+ /*
+ * If there is a lot of sequential IO going on, most of the
+ * file pages will be on the inactive file list. We start
+ * out by reclaiming those pages, without putting pressure on
+ * the working set. We only do this if the bulk of the file pages
+ * are not in the working set (on the active file list).
+ */
+ if (priority == PRIO_CACHE_ONLY &&
+ (nr[LRU_INACTIVE_FILE] > nr[LRU_ACTIVE_FILE]))
+ for_each_evictable_lru(l)
+ /* Scan only the inactive_file list. */
+ if (l != LRU_INACTIVE_FILE)
+ nr[l] = 0;
+
while (nr[LRU_INACTIVE_ANON] || nr[LRU_ACTIVE_FILE] ||
nr[LRU_INACTIVE_FILE]) {
for_each_evictable_lru(l) {
@@ -1573,7 +1587,7 @@ static unsigned long do_try_to_free_page
}
}

- for (priority = DEF_PRIORITY; priority >= 0; priority--) {
+ for (priority = PRIO_CACHE_ONLY; priority >= 0; priority--) {
sc->nr_scanned = 0;
if (!priority)
disable_swap_token();
@@ -1735,7 +1749,7 @@ loop_again:
for (i = 0; i < pgdat->nr_zones; i++)
temp_priority[i] = DEF_PRIORITY;

- for (priority = DEF_PRIORITY; priority >= 0; priority--) {
+ for (priority = PRIO_CACHE_ONLY; priority >= 0; priority--) {
int end_zone = 0; /* Inclusive. 0 = ZONE_DMA */
unsigned long lru_pages = 0;







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