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SubjectRe: [patch 5/5]thp: split huge page if head page is isolated
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On Fri, 2011-10-28 at 17:50 +0800, Minchan Kim wrote:
> On Fri, Oct 28, 2011 at 04:25:56PM +0800, Shaohua Li wrote:
> > On Fri, 2011-10-28 at 15:30 +0800, Minchan Kim wrote:
> > > On Fri, Oct 28, 2011 at 01:11:55PM +0800, Shaohua Li wrote:
> > > > On Fri, 2011-10-28 at 07:34 +0800, Minchan Kim wrote:
> > > > > On Tue, Oct 25, 2011 at 10:59:40AM +0800, Shaohua Li wrote:
> > > > > > With current logic, if page reclaim finds a huge page, it will just reclaim
> > > > > > the head page and leave tail pages reclaimed later. Let's take an example,
> > > > > > lru list has page A and B, page A is huge page:
> > > > > > 1. page A is isolated
> > > > > > 2. page B is isolated
> > > > > > 3. shrink_page_list() adds page A to swap page cache. so page A is split.
> > > > > > page A+1, page A+2, ... are added to lru list.
> > > > > > 4. shrink_page_list() adds page B to swap page cache.
> > > > > > 5. page A and B is written out and reclaimed.
> > > > > > 6. page A+1, A+2 ... is isolated and reclaimed later.
> > > > > > So the reclaim order is A, B, ...(maybe other pages), A+1, A+2 ...
> > > > >
> > > > > I don't see your code yet but have a question.
> > > > > You mitigate this problem by 4/5 which could add subpages into lru tail
> > > > > so subpages would reclaim next interation of reclaim.
> > > > >
> > > > > What do we need 5/5?
> > > > > Do I miss something?
> > > > Both patches are required. without this patch, current page reclaim will
> > > > only reclaim the first page of a huge page, because the hugepage isn't
> > > > split yet. The hugepage is split when the first page is being written to
> > > > swap, which is too later and page reclaim might already isolated a lot
> > > > of pages.
> > >
> > > When split happens, subpages would be located in tail of LRU by your 4/5.
> > > (Assume tail of LRU is old age).
> > yes, but a lot of other pages already isolated. we will reclaim those
> > pages first. for example, reclaim huge page A, B. current reclaim order
> > is A, B, A+1, ... B+1, because we will isolated A and B first, all tail
> > pages are not isolated yet. While with my patch, the order is A, A
> > +1, ... B, B+1,.... with my patch, we can avoid unnecessary page split
> > or page isolation. This is exactly why my patch reduces the thp_split
> > count.
>
> It's possbile but I doubt how it is effective becuase add_to_swap has a unlikely as follows
>
> if (unlikely(PageTransHuge(page)))
>
> I don't mean unlikely assumption is absolutely right.
> But at least, you have to convince us of it's wrong.
> Personally, I don't want to add more logic and handling THP pages
> different with normal page unless it's real concern.
if you actually use THP, you will find it's a problem. The data I posted
already clearly showed it.



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