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SubjectRe: [PATCH] mm: support __GFP_REPEAT in kvmalloc_node
On Fri 06-01-17 13:09:36, Vlastimil Babka wrote:
> On 01/04/2017 07:12 PM, Michal Hocko wrote:
> > While checking opencoded users I've encountered that vhost code would
> > really like to use kvmalloc with __GFP_REPEAT [1] so the following patch
> > adds support for __GFP_REPEAT and converts both vhost users.
> >
> > So currently I am sitting on 3 patches. I will wait for more feedback -
> > especially about potential split ups or cleanups few more days and then
> > repost the whole series.
> >
> > [1] http://lkml.kernel.org/r/20170104150800.GO25453@dhcp22.suse.cz
> > ---
> > From 0b92e4d2e040524b878d4e7b9ee88fbad5284b33 Mon Sep 17 00:00:00 2001
> > From: Michal Hocko <mhocko@suse.com>
> > Date: Wed, 4 Jan 2017 18:01:39 +0100
> > Subject: [PATCH] mm: support __GFP_REPEAT in kvmalloc_node
> >
> > vhost code uses __GFP_REPEAT when allocating vhost_virtqueue resp.
> > vhost_vsock because it would really like to prefer kmalloc to the
> > vmalloc fallback - see 23cc5a991c7a ("vhost-net: extend device
> > allocation to vmalloc") for more context. Michael Tsirkin has also
> > noted:
> > "
> > __GFP_REPEAT overhead is during allocation time. Using vmalloc means all
> > accesses are slowed down. Allocation is not on data path, accesses are.
> > "
> >
> > Let's teach kvmalloc_node to handle __GFP_REPEAT properly. There are two
> > things to be careful about. First we should prevent from the OOM killer
> > and so have to involve __GFP_NORETRY by default and secondly override
> > __GFP_REPEAT for !costly order requests as the __GFP_REPEAT is ignored
> > for !costly orders.
> >
> > This patch shouldn't introduce any functional change.
>
> Which is because the converted usages are always used for costly order,
> right.

I have overlooked this remark previously. You are right. And I've
updated the documentation and also the inline comment to be more
explicit about this. We do not have a good way to support __GFP_REPEAT
for !costly orders currently unfortunatelly. Maybe I should revive my
__GFP_RETRY_MAYFAIL patch, this would be another user (outside of xfs
which already wants something like that for KM_MAYFAIL.
--
Michal Hocko
SUSE Labs

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