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SubjectRe: [PATCH 11/11] mm: Isolate pages for immediate reclaim on their own LRU
On Wed, Dec 14, 2011 at 03:41:33PM +0000, Mel Gorman wrote:
> It was observed that scan rates from direct reclaim during tests
> writing to both fast and slow storage were extraordinarily high. The
> problem was that while pages were being marked for immediate reclaim
> when writeback completed, the same pages were being encountered over
> and over again during LRU scanning.
> This patch isolates file-backed pages that are to be reclaimed when
> clean on their own LRU list.

Excuse me if I sound like a broken record, but have those observations
of high scan rates persisted with the per-zone dirty limits patchset?

In my tests with pzd, the scan rates went down considerably together
with the immediate reclaim / vmscan writes.

Our dirty limits are pretty low - if reclaim keeps shuffling through
dirty pages, where are the 80% reclaimable pages?! To me, this sounds
like the unfair distribution of dirty pages among zones again. Is
there are a different explanation that I missed?

PS: It also seems a bit out of place in this series...?


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