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SubjectRe: [PATCH] mm: Reduce the amount of work done when updating min_free_kbytes
On Mon, Nov 14, 2011 at 03:21:00PM -0800, Andrew Morton wrote:
> On Fri, 11 Nov 2011 16:21:19 +0000
> Mel Gorman <> wrote:
> > When min_free_kbytes is updated, some pageblocks are marked MIGRATE_RESERVE.
> > Ordinarily, this work is unnoticable as it happens early in boot but on
> > large machines with 1TB of memory, this has been reported to delay
> > boot times, probably due to the NUMA distances involved.
> >
> > The bulk of the work is due to calling calling pageblock_is_reserved()
> > an unnecessary amount of times and accessing far more struct page
> > metadata than is necessary. This patch significantly reduces the
> > amount of work done by setup_zone_migrate_reserve() improving boot
> > times on 1TB machines.
> >
> By how much? :)
> (I mainly ask because I'm curious to know how long the kernel takes to
> boot on a 1TB machine...)

Good question. I don't have access to the machine but based on the dmesg
they posted before and after, this patch reduced boot times by 27

With only dmesg, I don't know how long it is taking to start services
and mount of the filesystem but assuming no major problems or timeouts
from drivers it looks like it is taking about 6 minutes to boot.

Mel Gorman

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