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SubjectRe: [PATCH 0/9] Reduce latencies and improve overall reclaim efficiency v1
On Wed, Sep 08, 2010 at 12:14:29PM +0900, KOSAKI Motohiro wrote:
> > There have been numerous reports of stalls that pointed at the problem being
> > somewhere in the VM. There are multiple roots to the problems which means
> > dealing with any of the root problems in isolation is tricky to justify on
> > their own and they would still need integration testing. This patch series
> > gathers together three different patch sets which in combination should
> > tackle some of the root causes of latency problems being reported.
> >
> > The first patch improves vmscan latency by tracking when pages get reclaimed
> > by shrink_inactive_list. For this series, the most important results is
> > being able to calculate the scanning/reclaim ratio as a measure of the
> > amount of work being done by page reclaim.
> >
> > Patches 2 and 3 account for the time spent in congestion_wait() and avoids
> > calling going to sleep on congestion when it is unnecessary. This is expected
> > to reduce stalls in situations where the system is under memory pressure
> > but not due to congestion.
> >
> > Patches 4-8 were originally developed by Kosaki Motohiro but reworked for
> > this series. It has been noted that lumpy reclaim is far too aggressive and
> > trashes the system somewhat. As SLUB uses high-order allocations, a large
> > cost incurred by lumpy reclaim will be noticeable. It was also reported
> > during transparent hugepage support testing that lumpy reclaim was trashing
> > the system and these patches should mitigate that problem without disabling
> > lumpy reclaim.
> Wow, I'm sorry my lazyness bother you. I'll join to test this patch series
> ASAP and take a feedback soon.

It did not bother me at all. I generally agreed with the direction and
it seemed sensible to take them into consideration before patches 9 and
10 in particular and make sure they all played nicely together.

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

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