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SubjectRe: [PATCH 2/6] thp: optimize away unnecessary page table locking
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Hi Hillf,

On Sat, Jan 28, 2012 at 07:23:47PM +0800, Hillf Danton wrote:
> Hi Naoya
>
> On Sat, Jan 28, 2012 at 7:02 AM, Naoya Horiguchi
> <n-horiguchi@ah.jp.nec.com> wrote:
> > Currently when we check if we can handle thp as it is or we need to
> > split it into regular sized pages, we hold page table lock prior to
> > check whether a given pmd is mapping thp or not. Because of this,
> > when it's not "huge pmd" we suffer from unnecessary lock/unlock overhead.
> > To remove it, this patch introduces a optimized check function and
> > replace several similar logics with it.
> >
> > Signed-off-by: Naoya Horiguchi <n-horiguchi@ah.jp.nec.com>
> > Cc: David Rientjes <rientjes@google.com>
> >
> > Changes since v3:
> > - Fix likely/unlikely pattern in pmd_trans_huge_stable()
> > - Change suffix from _stable to _lock
> > - Introduce __pmd_trans_huge_lock() to avoid micro-regression
> > - Return 1 when wait_split_huge_page path is taken
> >
> > Changes since v2:
> > - Fix missing "return 0" in "thp under splitting" path
> > - Remove unneeded comment
> > - Change the name of check function to describe what it does
> > - Add VM_BUG_ON(mmap_sem)
> > ---
> > fs/proc/task_mmu.c | 70 +++++++++------------------
> > include/linux/huge_mm.h | 17 +++++++
> > mm/huge_memory.c | 120 ++++++++++++++++++++++-------------------------
> > 3 files changed, 96 insertions(+), 111 deletions(-)
> >
> [...]
>
> > @@ -1064,21 +1056,14 @@ int mincore_huge_pmd(struct vm_area_struct *vma, pmd_t *pmd,
> > {
> > int ret = 0;
> >
> > - spin_lock(&vma->vm_mm->page_table_lock);
> > - if (likely(pmd_trans_huge(*pmd))) {
> > - ret = !pmd_trans_splitting(*pmd);
>
> Here the value of ret is either false or true,

You're right.

> > - spin_unlock(&vma->vm_mm->page_table_lock);
> > - if (unlikely(!ret))
> > - wait_split_huge_page(vma->anon_vma, pmd);
> > - else {
> > - /*
> > - * All logical pages in the range are present
> > - * if backed by a huge page.
> > - */
> > - memset(vec, 1, (end - addr) >> PAGE_SHIFT);
> > - }
> > - } else
> > + if (__pmd_trans_huge_lock(pmd, vma) == 1) {
> > + /*
> > + * All logical pages in the range are present
> > + * if backed by a huge page.
> > + */
> > spin_unlock(&vma->vm_mm->page_table_lock);
> > + memset(vec, 1, (end - addr) >> PAGE_SHIFT);
> > + }
> >
> > return ret;
>
> what is the returned value of this function? /Hillf

In this patch, mincore_huge_pmd() always returns 0 and it's obviously wrong.
We need to set ret to 1 in if-block.

Thanks,
Naoya


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