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SubjectRe: [PATCH mmotm 2.5/4] memcg: disable irq at page cgroup lock (Re: [PATCH -mmotm 3/4] memcg: dirty pages accounting and limiting infrastructure)
On Thu, Mar 11, 2010 at 01:49:08PM +0900, KAMEZAWA Hiroyuki wrote:
> On Thu, 11 Mar 2010 13:31:23 +0900
> Daisuke Nishimura <nishimura@mxp.nes.nec.co.jp> wrote:
>
> > On Wed, 10 Mar 2010 09:26:24 +0530, Balbir Singh <balbir@linux.vnet.ibm.com> wrote:
> > > * nishimura@mxp.nes.nec.co.jp <nishimura@mxp.nes.nec.co.jp> [2010-03-10 10:43:09]:
>
> > I made a patch(attached) using both local_irq_disable/enable and local_irq_save/restore.
> > local_irq_save/restore is used only in mem_cgroup_update_file_mapped.
> >
> > And I attached a histogram graph of 30 times kernel build in root cgroup for each.
> >
> > before_root: no irq operation(original)
> > after_root: local_irq_disable/enable for all
> > after2_root: local_irq_save/restore for all
> > after3_root: mixed version(attached)
> >
> > hmm, there seems to be a tendency that before < after < after3 < after2 ?
> > Should I replace save/restore version to mixed version ?
> >
>
> IMHO, starting from after2_root version is the easist.
> If there is a chance to call lock/unlock page_cgroup can be called in
> interrupt context, we _have to_ disable IRQ, anyway.
> And if we have to do this, I prefer migration_lock rather than this mixture.
>
> BTW, how big your system is ? Balbir-san's concern is for bigger machines.
> But I'm not sure this change is affecte by the size of machines.
> I'm sorry I have no big machine, now.

FWIW, I took andrea's patches (local_irq_save/restore solution) and
compiled the kernel on 32 cores hyperthreaded (64 cpus) with make -j32
in /dev/shm/. On this system, I can't see much difference.

I compiled the kernel 10 times and took average.

Without andrea's patches: 28.698 (seconds)
With andrea's patches: 28.711 (seconds).
Diff is .04%

This is all should be in root cgroup. Note, I have not mounted memory cgroup
controller but it is compiled in. So I am assuming that root group
accounting will still be taking place. Also assuming that it is not
required to do actual IO to disk and /dev/shm is enough to see the results
of local_irq_save()/restore.

Thanks
Vivek


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