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Subject[PATCH] Memory Resource Controller Add Boot Option


A boot option for the memory controller was discussed on lkml. It is a good
idea to add it, since it saves memory for people who want to turn off the
memory controller.

By default the option is on for the following two reasons

1. It provides compatibility with the current scheme where the memory
controller turns on if the config option is enabled
2. It allows for wider testing of the memory controller, once the config
option is enabled

We still allow the create, destroy callbacks to succeed, since they are
not aware of boot options. We do not populate the directory will
memory resource controller specific files.

Signed-off-by: Balbir Singh <balbir@linux.vnet.ibm.com>
---

Documentation/kernel-parameters.txt | 2 ++
mm/memcontrol.c | 33 ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++-
2 files changed, 34 insertions(+), 1 deletion(-)

diff -L mm/memcontrol.h -puN /dev/null /dev/null
diff -puN include/linux/memcontrol.h~memory-controller-add-boot-option include/linux/memcontrol.h
diff -puN mm/memcontrol.c~memory-controller-add-boot-option mm/memcontrol.c
--- linux-2.6.25-rc3/mm/memcontrol.c~memory-controller-add-boot-option 2008-02-25 15:55:58.000000000 +0530
+++ linux-2.6.25-rc3-balbir/mm/memcontrol.c 2008-02-25 17:10:50.000000000 +0530
@@ -35,6 +35,7 @@

struct cgroup_subsys mem_cgroup_subsys;
static const int MEM_CGROUP_RECLAIM_RETRIES = 5;
+static int mem_cgroup_on __read_mostly = 1; /* turned on/off */

/*
* Statistics for memory cgroup.
@@ -578,6 +579,9 @@ static int mem_cgroup_charge_common(stru
unsigned long nr_retries = MEM_CGROUP_RECLAIM_RETRIES;
struct mem_cgroup_per_zone *mz;

+ if (!mem_cgroup_on)
+ return 0;
+
/*
* Should page_cgroup's go to their own slab?
* One could optimize the performance of the charging routine
@@ -729,7 +733,7 @@ void mem_cgroup_uncharge(struct page_cgr
/*
* Check if our page_cgroup is valid
*/
- if (!pc)
+ if (!pc || !mem_cgroup_on)
return;

if (atomic_dec_and_test(&pc->ref_cnt)) {
@@ -755,6 +759,9 @@ void mem_cgroup_uncharge(struct page_cgr

void mem_cgroup_uncharge_page(struct page *page)
{
+ if (!mem_cgroup_on)
+ return;
+
lock_page_cgroup(page);
mem_cgroup_uncharge(page_get_page_cgroup(page));
unlock_page_cgroup(page);
@@ -769,6 +776,10 @@ int mem_cgroup_prepare_migration(struct
{
struct page_cgroup *pc;
int ret = 0;
+
+ if (!mem_cgroup_on)
+ return 0;
+
lock_page_cgroup(page);
pc = page_get_page_cgroup(page);
if (pc && atomic_inc_not_zero(&pc->ref_cnt))
@@ -781,6 +792,9 @@ void mem_cgroup_end_migration(struct pag
{
struct page_cgroup *pc;

+ if (!mem_cgroup_on)
+ return;
+
lock_page_cgroup(page);
pc = page_get_page_cgroup(page);
mem_cgroup_uncharge(pc);
@@ -881,6 +895,10 @@ int mem_cgroup_force_empty(struct mem_cg
{
int ret = -EBUSY;
int node, zid;
+
+ if (!mem_cgroup_on)
+ return 0;
+
css_get(&mem->css);
/*
* page reclaim code (kswapd etc..) will move pages between
@@ -1141,6 +1159,9 @@ static void mem_cgroup_destroy(struct cg
static int mem_cgroup_populate(struct cgroup_subsys *ss,
struct cgroup *cont)
{
+ if (!mem_cgroup_on)
+ return 0;
+
return cgroup_add_files(cont, ss, mem_cgroup_files,
ARRAY_SIZE(mem_cgroup_files));
}
@@ -1153,6 +1174,9 @@ static void mem_cgroup_move_task(struct
struct mm_struct *mm;
struct mem_cgroup *mem, *old_mem;

+ if (!mem_cgroup_on)
+ return;
+
mm = get_task_mm(p);
if (mm == NULL)
return;
@@ -1189,3 +1213,10 @@ struct cgroup_subsys mem_cgroup_subsys =
.attach = mem_cgroup_move_task,
.early_init = 0,
};
+
+static int __init mem_cgroup_startup_disable(char *str)
+{
+ mem_cgroup_on = 0;
+ return 1;
+}
+__setup("memcgroupoff", mem_cgroup_startup_disable);
diff -puN Documentation/kernel-parameters.txt~memory-controller-add-boot-option Documentation/kernel-parameters.txt
--- linux-2.6.25-rc3/Documentation/kernel-parameters.txt~memory-controller-add-boot-option 2008-02-25 15:55:58.000000000 +0530
+++ linux-2.6.25-rc3-balbir/Documentation/kernel-parameters.txt 2008-02-25 15:56:01.000000000 +0530
@@ -1114,6 +1114,8 @@ and is between 256 and 4096 characters.
mem=nopentium [BUGS=X86-32] Disable usage of 4MB pages for kernel
memory.

+ memcgroupoff [KNL] Disable memory resource controller
+
memmap=exactmap [KNL,X86-32,X86_64] Enable setting of an exact
E820 memory map, as specified by the user.
Such memmap=exactmap lines can be constructed based on
_
--
Warm Regards,
Balbir Singh
Linux Technology Center
IBM, ISTL


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