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SubjectRe: [PATCH 3/3] Provide control over unmapped pages (v4)
* KAMEZAWA Hiroyuki <kamezawa.hiroyu@jp.fujitsu.com> [2011-01-31 08:58:53]:

> On Fri, 28 Jan 2011 09:20:02 -0600 (CST)
> Christoph Lameter <cl@linux.com> wrote:
>
> > On Fri, 28 Jan 2011, KAMEZAWA Hiroyuki wrote:
> >
> > > > > I see it as a tradeoff of when to check? add_to_page_cache or when we
> > > > > are want more free memory (due to allocation). It is OK to wakeup
> > > > > kswapd while allocating memory, somehow for this purpose (global page
> > > > > cache), add_to_page_cache or add_to_page_cache_locked does not seem
> > > > > the right place to hook into. I'd be open to comments/suggestions
> > > > > though from others as well.
> > >
> > > I don't like add hook here.
> > > AND I don't want to run kswapd because 'kswapd' has been a sign as
> > > there are memory shortage. (reusing code is ok.)
> > >
> > > How about adding new daemon ? Recently, khugepaged, ksmd works for
> > > managing memory. Adding one more daemon for special purpose is not
> > > very bad, I think. Then, you can do
> > > - wake up without hook
> > > - throttle its work.
> > > - balance the whole system rather than zone.
> > > I think per-node balance is enough...
> >
> >
> > I think we already have enough kernel daemons floating around. They are
> > multiplying in an amazing way. What would be useful is to map all
> > the memory management background stuff into a process. May call this memd
> > instead? Perhaps we can fold khugepaged into kswapd as well etc.
> >
>
> Making kswapd slow for whis "additional", "requested by user, not by system"
> work is good thing ? I think workqueue works enough well, it's scale based on
> workloads, if using thread is bad.
>

Making it slow is a generic statement, kswapd
is supposed to do background reclaim, in this case a special request
for unmapped pages, specifically and deliberately requested by the
admin via a boot option.

--
Three Cheers,
Balbir


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