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SubjectRe: [PATCH v3 13/17] mm, compaction: use correct watermark when checking allocation success
On Fri, Jun 24, 2016 at 11:54:33AM +0200, Vlastimil Babka wrote:
> The __compact_finished() function uses low watermark in a check that has to
> pass if the direct compaction is to finish and allocation should succeed. This
> is too pessimistic, as the allocation will typically use min watermark. It may
> happen that during compaction, we drop below the low watermark (due to parallel
> activity), but still form the target high-order page. By checking against low
> watermark, we might needlessly continue compaction.
>
> Similarly, __compaction_suitable() uses low watermark in a check whether
> allocation can succeed without compaction. Again, this is unnecessarily
> pessimistic.
>
> After this patch, these check will use direct compactor's alloc_flags to
> determine the watermark, which is effectively the min watermark.
>
> Signed-off-by: Vlastimil Babka <vbabka@suse.cz>
> Acked-by: Michal Hocko <mhocko@suse.com>
> ---
> mm/compaction.c | 6 +++---
> 1 file changed, 3 insertions(+), 3 deletions(-)
>
> diff --git a/mm/compaction.c b/mm/compaction.c
> index 76897850c3c2..371760a85085 100644
> --- a/mm/compaction.c
> +++ b/mm/compaction.c
> @@ -1320,7 +1320,7 @@ static enum compact_result __compact_finished(struct zone *zone, struct compact_
> return COMPACT_CONTINUE;
>
> /* Compaction run is not finished if the watermark is not met */
> - watermark = low_wmark_pages(zone);
> + watermark = zone->watermark[cc->alloc_flags & ALLOC_WMARK_MASK];

finish condition is changed. We have two more watermark checks in
try_to_compact_pages() and kcompactd_do_work() and they should be
changed too.

Thanks.
>
> if (!zone_watermark_ok(zone, cc->order, watermark, cc->classzone_idx,
> cc->alloc_flags))
> @@ -1385,7 +1385,7 @@ static enum compact_result __compaction_suitable(struct zone *zone, int order,
> if (is_via_compact_memory(order))
> return COMPACT_CONTINUE;
>
> - watermark = low_wmark_pages(zone);
> + watermark = zone->watermark[alloc_flags & ALLOC_WMARK_MASK];
> /*
> * If watermarks for high-order allocation are already met, there
> * should be no need for compaction at all.
> @@ -1399,7 +1399,7 @@ static enum compact_result __compaction_suitable(struct zone *zone, int order,
> * This is because during migration, copies of pages need to be
> * allocated and for a short time, the footprint is higher
> */
> - watermark += (2UL << order);
> + watermark = low_wmark_pages(zone) + (2UL << order);
> if (!__zone_watermark_ok(zone, 0, watermark, classzone_idx,
> alloc_flags, wmark_target))
> return COMPACT_SKIPPED;
> --
> 2.8.4

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