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SubjectRe: [RFC][PATCH 14/26] sched, numa: Numa balancer
On 03/16/2012 10:40 AM, Peter Zijlstra wrote:

> +/*
> + * Assumes symmetric NUMA -- that is, each node is of equal size.
> + */
> +static void set_max_mem_load(unsigned long load)
> +{
> + unsigned long old_load;
> +
> + spin_lock(&max_mem_load.lock);
> + old_load = max_mem_load.load;
> + if (!old_load)
> + old_load = load;
> + max_mem_load.load = (old_load + load) >> 1;
> + spin_unlock(&max_mem_load.lock);
> +}

The above in your patch kind of conflicts with this bit
from patch 6/26:

+ /*
+ * Migration allocates pages in the highest zone. If we cannot
+ * do so then migration (at least from node to node) is not
+ * possible.
+ */
+ if (vma->vm_file &&
+ gfp_zone(mapping_gfp_mask(vma->vm_file->f_mapping))
+ < policy_zone)
+ return 0;

Looking at how the memory load code is used, I wonder
if it would make sense to count "zone size - free - inactive
file" pages instead?

> + /*
> + * Avoid migrating ne's when we'll know we'll push our
> + * node over the memory limit.
> + */
> + if (max_mem_load &&
> + imb->mem_load + mem_moved + ne_mem > max_mem_load)
> + goto next;

> +static void numa_balance(struct node_queue *this_nq)
> +{
> + struct numa_imbalance imb;
> + int busiest;
> +
> + busiest = find_busiest_node(this_nq->node, &imb);
> + if (busiest == -1)
> + return;
> +
> + if (imb.cpu <= 0 && imb.mem <= 0)
> + return;
> +
> + move_processes(nq_of(busiest), this_nq, &imb);
> +}

You asked how and why Andrea's algorithm converges.
After looking at both patch sets for a while, and asking
for clarification, I think I can see how his code converges.

It is not yet clear to me how and why your code converges.

I see some dual bin packing (CPU & memory) heuristics, but
it is not at all clear to me how they interact, especially
when workloads are going active and idle on a regular basis.

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