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SubjectRe: [PATCH 2/3] mm: page allocator: Calculate a better estimate of NR_FREE_PAGES when memory is low and kswapd is awake
On Wed, Sep 01, 2010 at 07:43:41PM -0500, Christoph Lameter wrote:
> On Tue, 31 Aug 2010, Mel Gorman wrote:
>
> > +#ifdef CONFIG_SMP
> > +/* Called when a more accurate view of NR_FREE_PAGES is needed */
> > +unsigned long zone_nr_free_pages(struct zone *zone)
> > +{
> > + unsigned long nr_free_pages = zone_page_state(zone, NR_FREE_PAGES);
>
> You cannot call zone_page_state here because zone_page_state clips the
> counter at zero. The nr_free_pages needs to reflect the unclipped state
> and then the deltas need to be added. Then the clipping at zero can be
> done.
>

Good point. This justifies the use of a generic helper that is co-located
with vmstat.h. I've taken your zone_page_state_snapshot() patch, am using
the helper to take a more accurate reading of NR_FREE_PAGES and preparing
for a test. Thanks Christoph.

--
Mel Gorman
Part-time Phd Student Linux Technology Center
University of Limerick IBM Dublin Software Lab


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