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SubjectRe: [PATCH 1/3] Reintroduce zone_reclaim_interval for when zone_reclaim() scans and fails to avoid CPU spinning at 100% on NUMA
On Mon, Jun 08, 2009 at 09:31:09AM -0400, Rik van Riel wrote:
> Mel Gorman wrote:
>> The scanning occurs because zone_reclaim() cannot tell
>> in advance the scan is pointless because the counters do not distinguish
>> between pagecache pages backed by disk and by RAM.
> Yes it can. Since 2.6.27, filesystem backed and swap/ram backed
> pages have been living on separate LRU lists.

Yes, they're on separate LRU lists but they are not the only pages on those
lists. The tmpfs pages are mixed in together with anonymous pages so we
cannot use NR_*_ANON.

Look at patch 2 and where I introduced;

* Work out how many page cache pages we can reclaim in this mode.
* NOTE: Ideally, tmpfs pages would be accounted as if they were
* NR_FILE_MAPPED as swap is required to discard those
* pages even when they are clean. However, there is no
* way of quickly identifying the number of tmpfs pages
pagecache_reclaimable = zone_page_state(zone, NR_FILE_PAGES);
if (!(zone_reclaim_mode & RECLAIM_WRITE))
pagecache_reclaimable -= zone_page_state(zone, NR_FILE_DIRTY);
if (!(zone_reclaim_mode & RECLAIM_SWAP))
pagecache_reclaimable -= zone_page_state(zone, NR_FILE_MAPPED);

If the tmpfs pages can be accounted for there, then chances are that patch
1 goes away - at least until some other situation is encountered where
we scan erroneously.

> This allows you to
> fix the underlying problem, instead of having to add a retry
> interval.

Which is obviously my preference but after looking around for a bit, I
didn't spot an obvious answer.

Mel Gorman
Part-time Phd Student Linux Technology Center
University of Limerick IBM Dublin Software Lab

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