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SubjectRe: [PATCH 4/8] Shrink zcache based on memlimit

On Fri, Jul 16, 2010 at 9:37 PM, Nitin Gupta <> wrote:
> User can change (per-pool) memlimit using sysfs node:
> /sys/kernel/mm/zcache/pool<id>/memlimit
> When memlimit is set to a value smaller than current
> number of pages allocated for that pool, excess pages
> are now freed immediately instead of waiting for get/
> flush for these pages.
> Currently, victim page selection is essentially random.
> Automatic cache resizing and better page replacement
> policies will be implemented later.

Okay. I know this isn't end. I just want to give a concern before you end up.
I don't know how you implement reclaim policy.
In current implementation, you use memlimit for determining when reclaim happen.
But i think we also should follow global reclaim policy of VM.
I means although memlimit doen't meet, we should reclaim zcache if
system has a trouble to reclaim memory.
AFAIK, cleancache doesn't give any hint for that. so we should
implement it in zcache itself.
At first glance, we can use shrink_slab or oom_notifier. But both
doesn't give any information of zone although global reclaim do it by
AFAIK, Nick try to implement zone-aware shrink slab. Also if we need
it, we can change oom_notifier with zone-aware oom_notifier. Now it
seems anyone doesn't use oom_notifier so I am not sure it's useful.

It's just my opinion.
Thanks for effort for good feature. Nitin.
Kind regards,
Minchan Kim

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