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SubjectRe: [RFC] scripts: Include postprocessing script for memory allocation tracing
On Thu 22-09-16 11:30:36, Janani Ravichandran wrote:
>
> > On Sep 19, 2016, at 5:42 AM, Michal Hocko <mhocko@kernel.org> wrote:
> >
> > On Tue 13-09-16 14:04:49, Janani Ravichandran wrote:
> >>
> >>> On Sep 12, 2016, at 8:16 AM, Michal Hocko <mhocko@kernel.org> wrote:
> >>
> >> I’m using the function graph tracer to see how long __alloc_pages_nodemask()
> >> took.
> >
> > How can you map the function graph tracer to a specif context? Let's say
> > I would like to know why a particular allocation took so long. Would
> > that be possible?
>
> Maybe not. If the latencies are due to direct reclaim or memory compaction, you
> get some information from the tracepoints (like mm_vmscan_direct_reclaim_begin,
> mm_compaction_begin, etc). But otherwise, you don’t get any context information.
> Function graph only gives the time spent in alloc_pages_nodemask() in that case.

Then I really think that we need a starting trace point. I think that
having the full context information is really helpful in order to
understand latencies induced by allocations.
--
Michal Hocko
SUSE Labs

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