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SubjectRe: Early test: hangs in mm/compact.c w. Linus's 12d7aacab56e9ef185c
On Mon, Nov 10, 2014 at 08:53:38AM +0100, Vlastimil Babka wrote:
> On 11/10/2014 07:07 AM, Joonsoo Kim wrote:
> >On Sat, Nov 08, 2014 at 11:18:37PM +0100, Vlastimil Babka wrote:
> >>On 11/08/2014 02:11 PM, P. Christeas wrote:
> >>
> >>Hi,
> >>
> >>I think I finally found the cause by staring into the code... CCing
> >>people from all 4 separate threads I know about this issue.
> >>The problem with finding the cause was that the first report I got from
> >>Markus was about isolate_freepages_block() overhead, and later Norbert
> >>reported that reverting a patch for isolate_freepages* helped. But the
> >>problem seems to be that although the loop in isolate_migratepages exits
> >>because the scanners almost meet (they are within same pageblock), they
> >>don't truly meet, therefore compact_finished() decides to continue, but
> >>isolate_migratepages() exits immediately... boom! But indeed e14c720efdd7
> >>made this situation possible, as free scaner pfn can now point to a
> >>middle of pageblock.
> >
> >Indeed.
> >
> >>
> >>So I hope the attached patch will fix the soft-lockup issues in
> >>compact_zone. Please apply on 3.18-rc3 or later without any other reverts,
> >>and test. It probably won't help Markus and his isolate_freepages_block()
> >>overhead though...
> >
> >Yes, I found this bug too, but, it can't explain
> >isolate_freepages_block() overhead. Anyway, I can't find another bug
> >related to isolate_freepages_block(). :/
>
> Thanks for checking.
>
> >>Thanks,
> >>Vlastimil
> >>
> >>------8<------
> >>>From fbf8eb0bcd2897090312e23da6a31bad9cc6b337 Mon Sep 17 00:00:00 2001
> >>From: Vlastimil Babka <vbabka@suse.cz>
> >>Date: Sat, 8 Nov 2014 22:20:43 +0100
> >>Subject: [PATCH] mm, compaction: prevent endless loop in migrate scanner
> >>
> >>---
> >> mm/compaction.c | 8 ++++++--
> >> 1 file changed, 6 insertions(+), 2 deletions(-)
> >>
> >>diff --git a/mm/compaction.c b/mm/compaction.c
> >>index ec74cf0..1b7a1be 100644
> >>--- a/mm/compaction.c
> >>+++ b/mm/compaction.c
> >>@@ -1029,8 +1029,12 @@ static isolate_migrate_t isolate_migratepages(struct zone *zone,
> >> }
> >>
> >> acct_isolated(zone, cc);
> >>- /* Record where migration scanner will be restarted */
> >>- cc->migrate_pfn = low_pfn;
> >>+ /*
> >>+ * Record where migration scanner will be restarted. If we end up in
> >>+ * the same pageblock as the free scanner, make the scanners fully
> >>+ * meet so that compact_finished() terminates compaction.
> >>+ */
> >>+ cc->migrate_pfn = (end_pfn <= cc->free_pfn) ? low_pfn : cc->free_pfn;
> >>
> >> return cc->nr_migratepages ? ISOLATE_SUCCESS : ISOLATE_NONE;
> >> }
> >
> >IMHO, proper fix is not to change this logic, but, to change decision
> >logic in compact_finished() and in compact_zone(). Maybe helper
> >function would be good for readability.
>
> OK but I would think that to fix 3.18 ASAP and not introduce more
> regressions, go with the patch above first, as it is the minimal fix
> and people already test it. Then we can implement your suggestion
> later as a cleanup for 3.19?

Yeap. Agreed.

Thanks.


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