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SubjectRe: [PATCH 10/10] vmscan: Kick flusher threads to clean pages when reclaim is encountering dirty pages
On Mon,  6 Sep 2010 11:47:33 +0100
Mel Gorman <mel@csn.ul.ie> wrote:

> There are a number of cases where pages get cleaned but two of concern
> to this patch are;
> o When dirtying pages, processes may be throttled to clean pages if
> dirty_ratio is not met.
> o Pages belonging to inodes dirtied longer than
> dirty_writeback_centisecs get cleaned.
>
> The problem for reclaim is that dirty pages can reach the end of the LRU if
> pages are being dirtied slowly so that neither the throttling or a flusher
> thread waking periodically cleans them.
>
> Background flush is already cleaning old or expired inodes first but the
> expire time is too far in the future at the time of page reclaim. To mitigate
> future problems, this patch wakes flusher threads to clean 4M of data -
> an amount that should be manageable without causing congestion in many cases.
>
> Ideally, the background flushers would only be cleaning pages belonging
> to the zone being scanned but it's not clear if this would be of benefit
> (less IO) or not (potentially less efficient IO if an inode is scattered
> across multiple zones).
>
> Signed-off-by: Mel Gorman <mel@csn.ul.ie>
> ---
> mm/vmscan.c | 32 ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++--
> 1 files changed, 30 insertions(+), 2 deletions(-)
>
> diff --git a/mm/vmscan.c b/mm/vmscan.c
> index 408c101..33d27a4 100644
> --- a/mm/vmscan.c
> +++ b/mm/vmscan.c
> @@ -148,6 +148,18 @@ static DECLARE_RWSEM(shrinker_rwsem);
> /* Direct lumpy reclaim waits up to five seconds for background cleaning */
> #define MAX_SWAP_CLEAN_WAIT 50
>
> +/*
> + * When reclaim encounters dirty data, wakeup flusher threads to clean
> + * a maximum of 4M of data.
> + */
> +#define MAX_WRITEBACK (4194304UL >> PAGE_SHIFT)
> +#define WRITEBACK_FACTOR (MAX_WRITEBACK / SWAP_CLUSTER_MAX)
> +static inline long nr_writeback_pages(unsigned long nr_dirty)
> +{
> + return laptop_mode ? 0 :
> + min(MAX_WRITEBACK, (nr_dirty * WRITEBACK_FACTOR));
> +}
> +
> static struct zone_reclaim_stat *get_reclaim_stat(struct zone *zone,
> struct scan_control *sc)
> {
> @@ -686,12 +698,14 @@ static noinline_for_stack void free_page_list(struct list_head *free_pages)
> */
> static unsigned long shrink_page_list(struct list_head *page_list,
> struct scan_control *sc,
> + int file,
> unsigned long *nr_still_dirty)
> {
> LIST_HEAD(ret_pages);
> LIST_HEAD(free_pages);
> int pgactivate = 0;
> unsigned long nr_dirty = 0;
> + unsigned long nr_dirty_seen = 0;
> unsigned long nr_reclaimed = 0;
>
> cond_resched();
> @@ -790,6 +804,8 @@ static unsigned long shrink_page_list(struct list_head *page_list,
> }
>
> if (PageDirty(page)) {
> + nr_dirty_seen++;
> +
> /*
> * Only kswapd can writeback filesystem pages to
> * avoid risk of stack overflow
> @@ -923,6 +939,18 @@ keep_lumpy:
>
> list_splice(&ret_pages, page_list);
>
> + /*
> + * If reclaim is encountering dirty pages, it may be because
> + * dirty pages are reaching the end of the LRU even though the
> + * dirty_ratio may be satisified. In this case, wake flusher
> + * threads to pro-actively clean up to a maximum of
> + * 4 * SWAP_CLUSTER_MAX amount of data (usually 1/2MB) unless
> + * !may_writepage indicates that this is a direct reclaimer in
> + * laptop mode avoiding disk spin-ups
> + */
> + if (file && nr_dirty_seen && sc->may_writepage)
> + wakeup_flusher_threads(nr_writeback_pages(nr_dirty));
> +

Thank you. Ok, I'll check what happens in memcg.

Can I add
if (sc->memcg) {
memcg_check_flusher_wakeup()
}
or some here ?

Hm, maybe memcg should wake up flusher at starting try_to_free_memory_cgroup_pages().

Thanks,
-Kame




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