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SubjectRe: [PATCH -mm 13/25] Noreclaim LRU Infrastructure
On Fri, 6 Jun 2008 18:05:06 -0700
Andrew Morton <akpm@linux-foundation.org> wrote:
> On Fri, 06 Jun 2008 16:28:51 -0400
> Rik van Riel <riel@redhat.com> wrote:
>
> >
> > From: Lee Schermerhorn <Lee.Schermerhorn@hp.com>

> > The noreclaim infrastructure is enabled by a new mm Kconfig option
> > [CONFIG_]NORECLAIM_LRU.
>
> Having a config option for this really sucks, and needs extra-special
> justification, rather than none.

I believe the justification is that it uses a page flag.

PG_noreclaim would be the 20th page flag used, meaning there are
4 more free if 8 bits are used for zone and node info, which would
give 6 bits for NODE_SHIFT or 64 NUMA nodes - probably overkill
for 32 bit x86.

If you want I'll get rid of CONFIG_NORECLAIM_LRU and make everything
just compile in always.

Please let me know what your preference is.

> > --- linux-2.6.26-rc2-mm1.orig/include/linux/page-flags.h 2008-05-29 16:21:04.000000000 -0400
> > +++ linux-2.6.26-rc2-mm1/include/linux/page-flags.h 2008-06-06 16:05:15.000000000 -0400
> > @@ -94,6 +94,9 @@ enum pageflags {
> > PG_reclaim, /* To be reclaimed asap */
> > PG_buddy, /* Page is free, on buddy lists */
> > PG_swapbacked, /* Page is backed by RAM/swap */
> > +#ifdef CONFIG_NORECLAIM_LRU
> > + PG_noreclaim, /* Page is "non-reclaimable" */
> > +#endif
>
> I fear that we're messing up the terminology here.
>
> Go into your 2.6.25 tree and do `grep -i reclaimable */*.c'. The term
> already means a few different things, but in the vmscan context,
> "reclaimable" means that the page is unreferenced, clean and can be
> stolen. "reclaimable" also means a lot of other things, and we just
> made that worse.
>
> Can we think of a new term which uniquely describes this new concept
> and use that, rather than flogging the old horse?

Want to reuse the BSD term "pinned" instead?

> > +/**
> > + * add_page_to_noreclaim_list
> > + * @page: the page to be added to the noreclaim list
> > + *
> > + * Add page directly to its zone's noreclaim list. To avoid races with
> > + * tasks that might be making the page reclaimble while it's not on the
> > + * lru, we want to add the page while it's locked or otherwise "invisible"
> > + * to other tasks. This is difficult to do when using the pagevec cache,
> > + * so bypass that.
> > + */
>
> How does a task "make a page reclaimable"? munlock()? fsync()?
> exit()?
>
> Choice of terminology matters...

Lee? Kosaki-san?


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