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SubjectRe: [PATCH -mm 13/25] Noreclaim LRU Infrastructure
On Sun, 8 Jun 2008 16:34:13 -0400 Rik van Riel <riel@redhat.com> wrote:

> 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.

Seems unlikely to be useful? The only way in which this would be an
advantage if if we hae some other feature which also needs a page flag
but which will never be concurrently enabled with this one.

> Please let me know what your preference is.

Don't use another page flag?

> > > --- 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?

mm, "pinned" in Linuxland means "someone took a ref on it to prevent it
from being reclaimed".

As a starting point: what, in your english-language-paragraph-length
words, does this flag mean?

> > > +/**
> > > + * 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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