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SubjectRe: [PATCH 5/10] mm/memcg: introduce page_relock_lruvec
On Mon, 20 Feb 2012 15:33:20 -0800 (PST)
Hugh Dickins <> wrote:

> Delete the mem_cgroup_page_lruvec() which we just added, replacing
> it and nearby spin_lock_irq or spin_lock_irqsave of zone->lru_lock:
> in most places by page_lock_lruvec() or page_relock_lruvec() (the
> former being a simple case of the latter) or just by lock_lruvec().
> unlock_lruvec() does the spin_unlock_irqrestore for them all.

Wow..removed ;)

> page_relock_lruvec() is born from that "pagezone" pattern in swap.c
> and vmscan.c, where we loop over an array of pages, switching lock
> whenever the zone changes: bearing in mind that if we were to refine
> that lock to per-memcg per-zone, then we would have to switch whenever
> the memcg changes too.
> page_relock_lruvec(page, &lruvec) locates the right lruvec for page,
> unlocks the old lruvec if different (and not NULL), locks the new,
> and updates lruvec on return: so that we shall have just one routine
> to locate and lock the lruvec, whereas originally it got re-evaluated
> at different stages. But I don't yet know how to satisfy sparse(1).

Ok, I like page_relock_lruvec().

> There are some loops where we never change zone, and a non-memcg kernel
> would not change memcg: use no-op mem_cgroup_page_relock_lruvec() there.
> In compaction's isolate_migratepages(), although we do know the zone,
> we don't know the lruvec in advance: allow for taking the lock later,
> and reorganize its cond_resched() lock-dropping accordingly.
> page_relock_lruvec() (and its wrappers) is actually an _irqsave operation:
> there are a few cases in swap.c where it may be needed at interrupt time
> (to free or to rotate a page on I/O completion). Ideally(?) we would use
> straightforward _irq disabling elsewhere, but the variants get confusing,
> and page_relock_lruvec() will itself grow more complicated in subsequent
> patches: so keep it simple for now with just the one irqsaver everywhere.
> Passing an irqflags argument/pointer down several levels looks messy
> too, and I'm reluctant to add any more to the page reclaim stack: so
> save the irqflags alongside the lru_lock and restore them from there.
> It's a little sad now to be including mm.h in swap.h to get page_zone();
> but I think that swap.h (despite its name) is the right place for these
> lru functions, and without those inlines the optimizer cannot do so
> well in the !MEM_RES_CTLR case.
> (Is this an appropriate place to confess? that even at the end of the
> series, we're left with a small bug in putback_inactive_pages(), one
> that I've not yet decided is worth fixing: reclaim_stat there is from
> the lruvec on entry, but we might update stats after dropping its lock.
> And do zone->pages_scanned and zone->all_unreclaimable need locking?
> page_alloc.c thinks zone->lock, vmscan.c thought zone->lru_lock,
> and that weakens if we now split lru_lock by memcg.)
> Signed-off-by: Hugh Dickins <>

No perforamce impact by replacing spin_lock_irq()/spin_unlock_irq() to
spin_lock_irqsave() and spin_unlock_irqrestore() ?


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