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SubjectRe: [PATCH 2/3] Properly account for the number of page cache pages zone_reclaim() can reclaim
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Hi

> On NUMA machines, the administrator can configure zone_relcaim_mode that
> is a more targetted form of direct reclaim. On machines with large NUMA
> distances for example, a zone_reclaim_mode defaults to 1 meaning that clean
> unmapped pages will be reclaimed if the zone watermarks are not being met.
>
> There is a heuristic that determines if the scan is worthwhile but the
> problem is that the heuristic is not being properly applied and is basically
> assuming zone_reclaim_mode is 1 if it is enabled.
>
> This patch makes zone_reclaim() makes a better attempt at working out how
> many pages it might be able to reclaim given the current reclaim_mode. If it
> cannot clean pages, then NR_FILE_DIRTY number of pages are not candidates. If
> it cannot swap, then NR_FILE_MAPPED are not. This indirectly addresses tmpfs
> as those pages tend to be dirty as they are not cleaned by pdflush or sync.
>
> The ideal would be that the number of tmpfs pages would also be known
> and account for like NR_FILE_MAPPED as swap is required to discard them.
> A means of working this out quickly was not obvious but a comment is added
> noting the problem.
>
> Signed-off-by: Mel Gorman <mel@csn.ul.ie>
> ---
> mm/vmscan.c | 18 ++++++++++++++++--
> 1 files changed, 16 insertions(+), 2 deletions(-)
>
> diff --git a/mm/vmscan.c b/mm/vmscan.c
> index ba211c1..ffe2f32 100644
> --- a/mm/vmscan.c
> +++ b/mm/vmscan.c
> @@ -2380,6 +2380,21 @@ int zone_reclaim(struct zone *zone, gfp_t gfp_mask, unsigned int order)
> {
> int node_id;
> int ret;
> + int pagecache_reclaimable;
> +
> + /*
> + * 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
> + */

I think I and you tackle the same issue.
Please see vmscan-change-the-number-of-the-unmapped-files-in-zone-reclaim.patch in -mm.

My intension mean, tmpfs page and swapcache increased NR_FILE_PAGES.
but they can't be reclaimed by zone_reclaim_mode==1.

Then, I decide to use following calculation.

+ nr_unmapped_file_pages = zone_page_state(zone, NR_INACTIVE_FILE) +
+ zone_page_state(zone, NR_ACTIVE_FILE) -
+ zone_page_state(zone, NR_FILE_MAPPED);


> + 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 you hope to solve tmpfs issue, RECLAIM_WRITE/RECLAIM_SWAP are unrelated, I think.
Plus, Could you please see vmscan-zone_reclaim-use-may_swap.patch in -mm?
it improve RECLAIM_SWAP by another way.



>
> /*
> * Zone reclaim reclaims unmapped file backed pages and
> @@ -2391,8 +2406,7 @@ int zone_reclaim(struct zone *zone, gfp_t gfp_mask, unsigned int order)
> * if less than a specified percentage of the zone is used by
> * unmapped file backed pages.
> */
> - if (zone_page_state(zone, NR_FILE_PAGES) -
> - zone_page_state(zone, NR_FILE_MAPPED) <= zone->min_unmapped_pages
> + if (pagecache_reclaimable <= zone->min_unmapped_pages
> && zone_page_state(zone, NR_SLAB_RECLAIMABLE)
> <= zone->min_slab_pages)
> return 0;
> --
> 1.5.6.5
>





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