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SubjectRe: [PATCH 09/14] mm: use compaction feedback for thp backoff conditions
On Thu 28-04-16 10:53:18, Vlastimil Babka wrote:
> On 04/20/2016 09:47 PM, Michal Hocko wrote:
> >From: Michal Hocko <>
> >
> >THP requests skip the direct reclaim if the compaction is either
> >deferred or contended to reduce stalls which wouldn't help the
> >allocation success anyway. These checks are ignoring other potential
> >feedback modes which we have available now.
> >
> >It clearly doesn't make much sense to go and reclaim few pages if the
> >previous compaction has failed.
> >
> >We can also simplify the check by using compaction_withdrawn which
> >checks for both COMPACT_CONTENDED and COMPACT_DEFERRED. This check
> >is however covering more reasons why the compaction was withdrawn.
> >None of them should be a problem for the THP case though.
> >
> >It is safe to back of if we see COMPACT_SKIPPED because that means
> >that compaction_suitable failed and a single round of the reclaim is
> >unlikely to make any difference here. We would have to be close to
> >the low watermark to reclaim enough and even then there is no guarantee
> >that the compaction would make any progress while the direct reclaim
> >would have caused the stall.
> >
> >COMPACT_PARTIAL_SKIPPED is slightly different because that means that we
> >have only seen a part of the zone so a retry would make some sense. But
> >it would be a compaction retry not a reclaim retry to perform. We are
> >not doing that and that might indeed lead to situations where THP fails
> >but this should happen only rarely and it would be really hard to
> >measure.
> >
> >Signed-off-by: Michal Hocko <>
> THP's don't compact by default in page fault path anymore, so we don't need
> to restrict them even more. And hopefully we'll replace the
> is_thp_gfp_mask() hack with something better soon, so this might be just
> extra code churn. But I don't feel strongly enough to nack it.

My main point was to simplify the code and get rid of as much compaction
specific hacks as possible. We might very well drop this later on but it
would be at least less code to grasp through. I do not have any problem
with dropping this but I think this shouldn't collide with other patches
much so reducing the number of lines is worth it.

Michal Hocko

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