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SubjectRe: [PATCH 2/3] vmscan: make mapped executable pages the first class citizen
On Wed, May 20, 2009 at 07:20:24PM +0800, Andi Kleen wrote:
> One scenario that might be useful to test is what happens when some very large
> processes, all mapped and executable exceed memory and fight each other
> for the working set. Do you have regressions then compared to without
> the patches?

I managed to carry out some stress tests for memory tight desktops.
The outcome is encouraging: clock time and major faults are reduced
by 50%, and pswpin numbers are reduced to ~1/3.

Here is the test scenario.
- nfsroot gnome desktop with 512M physical memory
- run some programs, and switch between the existing windows after
starting each new program.

The progress timing (seconds) is:

before after programs
0.02 0.02 N xeyes
0.75 0.76 N firefox
2.02 1.88 N nautilus
3.36 3.17 N nautilus --browser
5.26 4.89 N gthumb
7.12 6.47 N gedit
9.22 8.16 N xpdf /usr/share/doc/shared-mime-info/shared-mime-info-spec.pdf
13.58 12.55 N xterm
15.87 14.57 N mlterm
18.63 17.06 N gnome-terminal
21.16 18.90 N urxvt
26.24 23.48 N gnome-system-monitor
28.72 26.52 N gnome-help
32.15 29.65 N gnome-dictionary
39.66 36.12 N /usr/games/sol
43.16 39.27 N /usr/games/gnometris
48.65 42.56 N /usr/games/gnect
53.31 47.03 N /usr/games/gtali
58.60 52.05 N /usr/games/iagno
65.77 55.42 N /usr/games/gnotravex
70.76 61.47 N /usr/games/mahjongg
76.15 67.11 N /usr/games/gnome-sudoku
86.32 75.15 N /usr/games/glines
92.21 79.70 N /usr/games/glchess
103.79 88.48 N /usr/games/gnomine
113.84 96.51 N /usr/games/gnotski
124.40 102.19 N /usr/games/gnibbles
137.41 114.93 N /usr/games/gnobots2
155.53 125.02 N /usr/games/blackjack
179.85 135.11 N /usr/games/same-gnome
224.49 154.50 N /usr/bin/gnome-window-properties
248.44 162.09 N /usr/bin/gnome-default-applications-properties
282.62 173.29 N /usr/bin/gnome-at-properties
323.72 188.21 N /usr/bin/gnome-typing-monitor
363.99 199.93 N /usr/bin/gnome-at-visual
394.21 206.95 N /usr/bin/gnome-sound-properties
435.14 224.49 N /usr/bin/gnome-at-mobility
463.05 234.11 N /usr/bin/gnome-keybinding-properties
503.75 248.59 N /usr/bin/gnome-about-me
554.00 276.27 N /usr/bin/gnome-display-properties
615.48 304.39 N /usr/bin/gnome-network-preferences
693.03 342.01 N /usr/bin/gnome-mouse-properties
759.90 388.58 N /usr/bin/gnome-appearance-properties
937.90 508.47 N /usr/bin/gnome-control-center
1109.75 587.57 N /usr/bin/gnome-keyboard-properties
1399.05 758.16 N : oocalc
1524.64 830.03 N : oodraw
1684.31 900.03 N : ooimpress
1874.04 993.91 N : oomath
2115.12 1081.89 N : ooweb
2369.02 1161.99 N : oowriter

Note that the oo* commands are actually commented out.

The vmstat numbers are (some relevant ones are marked with *):

before after
nr_free_pages 1293 3898
nr_inactive_anon 59956 53460
nr_active_anon 26815 30026
nr_inactive_file 2657 3218
nr_active_file 2019 2806
nr_unevictable 4 4
nr_mlock 4 4
nr_anon_pages 26706 27859
*nr_mapped 3542 4469
nr_file_pages 72232 67681
nr_dirty 1 0
nr_writeback 123 19
nr_slab_reclaimable 3375 3534
nr_slab_unreclaimable 11405 10665
nr_page_table_pages 8106 7864
nr_unstable 0 0
nr_bounce 0 0
*nr_vmscan_write 394776 230839
nr_writeback_temp 0 0
numa_hit 6843353 3318676
numa_miss 0 0
numa_foreign 0 0
numa_interleave 1719 1719
numa_local 6843353 3318676
numa_other 0 0
*pgpgin 5954683 2057175
*pgpgout 1578276 922744
*pswpin 1486615 512238
*pswpout 394568 230685
pgalloc_dma 277432 56602
pgalloc_dma32 6769477 3310348
pgalloc_normal 0 0
pgalloc_movable 0 0
pgfree 7048396 3371118
pgactivate 2036343 1471492
pgdeactivate 2189691 1612829
pgfault 3702176 3100702
*pgmajfault 452116 201343
pgrefill_dma 12185 7127
pgrefill_dma32 334384 653703
pgrefill_normal 0 0
pgrefill_movable 0 0
pgsteal_dma 74214 22179
pgsteal_dma32 3334164 1638029
pgsteal_normal 0 0
pgsteal_movable 0 0
pgscan_kswapd_dma 1081421 1216199
pgscan_kswapd_dma32 58979118 46002810
pgscan_kswapd_normal 0 0
pgscan_kswapd_movable 0 0
pgscan_direct_dma 2015438 1086109
pgscan_direct_dma32 55787823 36101597
pgscan_direct_normal 0 0
pgscan_direct_movable 0 0
pginodesteal 3461 7281
slabs_scanned 564864 527616
kswapd_steal 2889797 1448082
kswapd_inodesteal 14827 14835
pageoutrun 43459 21562
allocstall 9653 4032
pgrotated 384216 228631
htlb_buddy_alloc_success 0 0
htlb_buddy_alloc_fail 0 0
unevictable_pgs_culled 0 0
unevictable_pgs_scanned 0 0
unevictable_pgs_rescued 0 0
unevictable_pgs_mlocked 4 4
unevictable_pgs_munlocked 0 0
unevictable_pgs_cleared 0 0
unevictable_pgs_stranded 0 0
unevictable_pgs_mlockfreed 0 0


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