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Subject[PATCH 0/4] Reclaim page capture v3
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For sometime we have been looking at mechanisms for improving the availability
of larger allocations under load. One of the options we have explored is
the capturing of pages freed under direct reclaim in order to increase the
chances of free pages coelescing before they are subject to reallocation
by racing allocators.

Following this email is a patch stack implementing page capture during
direct reclaim. It consits of four patches. The first two simply pull
out existing code into helpers for reuse. The third makes buddy's use
of struct page explicit. The fourth contains the meat of the changes,
and its leader contains a much fuller description of the feature.

This update represents a rebase to -mm and incorporates feedback from
KOSAKI Motohiro. It also incorporates an accounting fix which was
preventing some captures.

I have done a lot of comparitive testing with and without this patch
set and in broad brush I am seeing improvements in hugepage allocations
(worst case size) success on all of my test systems. These tests consist
of placing a constant stream of high order allocations on the system,
at varying rates. The results for these various runs are then averaged
to give an overall improvement.

Absolute Effective
x86-64 2.48% 4.58%
powerpc 5.55% 25.22%

x86-64 has a relatively small huge page size and so is always much more
effective at allocating huge pages. Even there we get a measurable
improvement. On powerpc the huge pages are much larger and much harder
to recover. Here we see a full 25% increase in page recovery.

It should be noted that these are worst case testing, and very agressive
taking every possible page in the system. It would be helpful to get
wider testing in -mm.

Against: 2.6.27-rc1-mm1

Andrew, please consider for -mm.

-apw

Changes since V2:
- Incorporates review feedback from Christoph Lameter,
- Incorporates review feedback from Peter Zijlstra, and
- Checkpatch fixes.

Changes since V1:
- Incorporates review feedback from KOSAKI Motohiro,
- fixes up accounting when checking watermarks for captured pages,
- rebase 2.6.27-rc1-mm1,
- Incorporates review feedback from Mel.


Andy Whitcroft (4):
pull out the page pre-release and sanity check logic for reuse
pull out zone cpuset and watermark checks for reuse
buddy: explicitly identify buddy field use in struct page
capture pages freed during direct reclaim for allocation by the
reclaimer

include/linux/mm_types.h | 4 +
include/linux/page-flags.h | 4 +
mm/internal.h | 8 +-
mm/page_alloc.c | 263 ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++------
mm/vmscan.c | 115 ++++++++++++++++----
5 files changed, 338 insertions(+), 56 deletions(-)



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