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SubjectRe: [PATCH 10/11] Direct compact when a high-order allocation fails
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> Viewpoint 1. Unnecessary IO
>
> isolate_pages() for lumpy reclaim frequently grab very young page. it is often
> still dirty. then, pageout() is called much.
>
> Unfortunately, page size grained io is _very_ inefficient. it can makes lots disk
> seek and kill disk io bandwidth.
>
>
> Viewpoint 2. Unevictable pages
>
> isolate_pages() for lumpy reclaim can pick up unevictable page. it is obviously
> undroppable. so if the zone have plenty mlocked pages (it is not rare case on
> server use case), lumpy reclaim can become very useless.
>
>
> Viewpoint 3. GFP_ATOMIC allocation failure
>
> Obviously lumpy reclaim can't help GFP_ATOMIC issue.
>
>
> Viewpoint 4. reclaim latency
>
> reclaim latency directly affect page allocation latency. so if lumpy reclaim with
> much pageout io is slow (often it is), it affect page allocation latency and can
> reduce end user experience.

Viewpoint 5. end user surprising

lumpy reclaim can makes swap-out even though the system have lots free
memory. end users very surprised it and they can think it is bug.

Also, this swap activity easyly confuse that an administrator decide when
install more memory into the system.





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