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SubjectRe: [PATCH v3 1/3] deactivate invalidated pages
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> Recently, there are reported problem about thrashing.
> (http://marc.info/?l=rsync&m=128885034930933&w=2)
> It happens by backup workloads(ex, nightly rsync).
> That's because the workload makes just use-once pages
> and touches pages twice. It promotes the page into
> active list so that it results in working set page eviction.
>
> Some app developer want to support POSIX_FADV_NOREUSE.
> But other OSes don't support it, either.
> (http://marc.info/?l=linux-mm&m=128928979512086&w=2)
>
> By other approach, app developers use POSIX_FADV_DONTNEED.
> But it has a problem. If kernel meets page is writing
> during invalidate_mapping_pages, it can't work.
> It is very hard for application programmer to use it.
> Because they always have to sync data before calling
> fadivse(..POSIX_FADV_DONTNEED) to make sure the pages could
> be discardable. At last, they can't use deferred write of kernel
> so that they could see performance loss.
> (http://insights.oetiker.ch/linux/fadvise.html)
>
> In fact, invalidation is very big hint to reclaimer.
> It means we don't use the page any more. So let's move
> the writing page into inactive list's head.
>
> Why I need the page to head, Dirty/Writeback page would be flushed
> sooner or later. It can prevent writeout of pageout which is less
> effective than flusher's writeout.
>
> Originally, I reused lru_demote of Peter with some change so added
> his Signed-off-by.
>
> Reported-by: Ben Gamari <bgamari.foss@gmail.com>
> Signed-off-by: Minchan Kim <minchan.kim@gmail.com>
> Signed-off-by: Peter Zijlstra <peterz@infradead.org>
> Acked-by: Rik van Riel <riel@redhat.com>
> Cc: Wu Fengguang <fengguang.wu@intel.com>
> Cc: KOSAKI Motohiro <kosaki.motohiro@jp.fujitsu.com>
> Cc: Johannes Weiner <hannes@cmpxchg.org>
> Cc: Nick Piggin <npiggin@kernel.dk>
> Cc: Mel Gorman <mel@csn.ul.ie>

Reviewed-by: KOSAKI Motohiro <kosaki.motohiro@jp.fujitsu.com>





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