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SubjectRe: Kswapd in 3.2.0-rc5 is a CPU hog
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On Sat, Dec 24, 2011 at 4:45 AM, Dave Chinner <david@fromorbit.com> wrote:
[...]
>
> Ok, it's not a shrink_slab() problem - it's just being called ~100uS
> by kswapd. The pattern is:
>
>        - reclaim 94 (batches of 32,32,30) pages from iinactive list
>          of zone 1, node 0, prio 12
>        - call shrink_slab
>                - scan all caches
>                - all shrinkers return 0 saying nothing to shrink
>        - 40us gap
>        - reclaim 10-30 pages from inactive list of zone 2, node 0, prio 12
>        - call shrink_slab
>                - scan all caches
>                - all shrinkers return 0 saying nothing to shrink
>        - 40us gap
>        - isolate 9 pages from LRU zone ?, node ?, none isolated, none freed
>        - isolate 22 pages from LRU zone ?, node ?, none isolated, none freed
>        - call shrink_slab
>                - scan all caches
>                - all shrinkers return 0 saying nothing to shrink
>        40us gap
>
> And it just repeats over and over again. After a while, nid=0,zone=1
> drops out of the traces, so reclaim only comes in batches of 10-30
> pages from zone 2 between each shrink_slab() call.
>
> The trace starts at 111209.881s, with 944776 pages on the LRUs. It
> finishes at 111216.1 with kswapd going to sleep on node 0 with
> 930067 pages on the LRU. So 7 seconds to free 15,000 pages (call it
> 2,000 pages/s) which is awfully slow....
>
Hi all,

In hope, the added debug info is helpful.

Hillf
---
--- a/mm/memcontrol.c Fri Dec 9 21:57:40 2011
+++ b/mm/memcontrol.c Sun Dec 25 17:08:14 2011
@@ -1038,7 +1038,11 @@ void mem_cgroup_lru_del_list(struct page
memcg = root_mem_cgroup;
mz = page_cgroup_zoneinfo(memcg, page);
/* huge page split is done under lru_lock. so, we have no races. */
- MEM_CGROUP_ZSTAT(mz, lru) -= 1 << compound_order(page);
+ if (WARN_ON_ONCE(MEM_CGROUP_ZSTAT(mz, lru) <
+ (1 << compound_order(page))))
+ MEM_CGROUP_ZSTAT(mz, lru) = 0;
+ else
+ MEM_CGROUP_ZSTAT(mz, lru) -= 1 << compound_order(page);
}

void mem_cgroup_lru_del(struct page *page)
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