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SubjectRe: [PATCH] Hugepages should be accounted as unevictable pages.
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On Mon, 2009-06-22 at 23:06 -0700, KAMEZAWA Hiroyuki wrote:
> On Mon, 22 Jun 2009 22:54:01 -0700
> Alok Kataria <akataria@vmware.com> wrote:
>
> > > >
> > > > I don't have any strong oppose reason, but I also don't have any strong
> > > > agree reason.
> > > >
> > > I think "don't include Hugepage" is sane. Hugepage is something _special_, now.
> > >
> > Kamezawa-san,
> >
> > I agree that hugepages are special in the sense that they are
> > implemented specially and don't actually reside on the LRU like any
> > other locked memory. But, both of these memory types (mlocked and
> > hugepages) are actually unevictable and can't be reclaimed back, so i
> > don't see a reason why should accounting not reflect that.
> >
>
> I bet we should rename "Unevictable" to "Mlocked" or "Pinned" rather than
> take nr_hugepages into account. I think this "Unevictable" in meminfo means
> - pages which are evictable in their nature (because in LRU) but a user pinned it -
>
> How about rename "Unevictable" to "Pinned" or "Locked" ?
> (Mlocked + locked shmem's + ramfs?)
>

As Lee also pointed out, i don't see why is this # of pages on
unevictable_lru important for the user.
IMO, it doesn't give any useful information, other than confusing us to
believe that only these are unevictable.

Is there something else that I am missing here ?

> We have other "unevictable" pages other than Hugepage anyway.
> - page table
> - some slab
> - kernel's page
> - anon pages in swapless system
> etc...

I agree there are these other pages which are unevictable, but they are
pages used by the kernel itself, and they will always be locked/utilized
by the kernel.
The unevictable pages (hugepages and mlocked and others) on the other
hand are pages which the user explicitly asked to be locked/pinned.

So i think, these other-evictable pages that you mentioned, are
different in a way.

>
> BTW, I use following calculation for quick check if I want all "Unevicatable" pages.
>
> Unevictable = Total - (Active+Inactive) + (50-70%? of slab)
>
> This # of is not-reclaimable memory.

I don't see how this would get the correct value either, mlocked or
hugepages are not accounted by either of the Active or Inactive regions.


Thanks,
Alok

>
> Thanks,
> -Kame
>
>
> > Thanks,
> > Alok
> >
> > > Thanks,
> > > -Kame
> > >
> >
> >
>



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