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SubjectRe: [PATCH] mm: evict streaming IO cache first
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On Monday 17 November 2008 15:47, Andrew Morton wrote:
> On Sun, 16 Nov 2008 16:20:26 -0500 Rik van Riel <riel@redhat.com> wrote:

> > I will take a look at producing smoother self tuning behaviour
> > in get_scan_ratio(), with logic along these lines:
> > - the more file pages are inactive, the more eviction should
> > focus on file pages, because we are not eating away at the
> > working set yet
> > - the more file pages are active, the more there needs to be
> > a balance between file and anon scanning, because we are
> > starting to get to the working sets for both
>
> hm. I wonder if it would be prohibitive to say "hey, we did the wrong
> thing in that scanning pass - rewind and try it again". Probably it
> would be.
>
> Anyway, we need to do something.
>
> Shouldn't get_scan_ratio() be handling this case already?

I have a patch that was actually for the old vmscan logic that I
found really helps prevent working set get paged out. Actually
the old vmscan behaviour wasn't any good either at preventing
unmapped pagecache from being evicted, which is the main thing I
was trying to fix (eg. keep git tree in cache while doing other
use-once IO).

It ended up working really well, but I suspect it would still fall
over in the case where you were trying to populate your caches with
the git tree *while* the streaming IO is happening (if those pages
don't have a chance to get touched again for a while, they'll look
like use-once IO to the vm)... but still no worse than current
behaviour.

I need to forward port it to the new system, however...

But this would be a pretty big change and I can't see how it could
be appropriate for -rc6. Aren't we allergic to even single-line
changes in vmscan without seemingly multi-year "testing" phases? :)


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