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SubjectRe: [PATCH 1/3] page-allocator: Under memory pressure, wait on pressure to relieve instead of congestion
On Mon, 8 Mar 2010, Mel Gorman wrote:

> diff --git a/include/linux/mmzone.h b/include/linux/mmzone.h
> index 30fe668..72465c1 100644
> --- a/include/linux/mmzone.h
> +++ b/include/linux/mmzone.h
> @@ -398,6 +398,9 @@ struct zone {
> unsigned long wait_table_hash_nr_entries;
> unsigned long wait_table_bits;
>
> + /* queue for processes waiting for pressure to relieve */
> + wait_queue_head_t *pressure_wq;
> +
> /*

The waitqueue is in a zone? But allocation occurs by scanning a
list of possible zones.

> +long zonepressure_wait(struct zone *zone, unsigned int order, long timeout)

So zone specific.

>
> - if (!page && gfp_mask & __GFP_NOFAIL)
> - congestion_wait(BLK_RW_ASYNC, HZ/50);
> + if (!page && gfp_mask & __GFP_NOFAIL) {
> + /* If still failing, wait for pressure on zone to relieve */
> + zonepressure_wait(preferred_zone, order, HZ/50);

The first zone is special therefore...

What happens if memory becomes available in another zone? Lets say we are
waiting on HIGHMEM and memory in ZONE_NORMAL becomes available?


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