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SubjectRe: [RFC PATCH 1/3] mm, numa: rework do_pages_move
On Fri, Dec 08, 2017 at 05:15:57PM +0100, Michal Hocko wrote:
> From: Michal Hocko <>
> do_pages_move is supposed to move user defined memory (an array of
> addresses) to the user defined numa nodes (an array of nodes one for
> each address). The user provided status array then contains resulting
> numa node for each address or an error. The semantic of this function is
> little bit confusing because only some errors are reported back. Notably
> migrate_pages error is only reported via the return value. This patch
> doesn't try to address these semantic nuances but rather change the
> underlying implementation.
> Currently we are processing user input (which can be really large)
> in batches which are stored to a temporarily allocated page. Each
> address is resolved to its struct page and stored to page_to_node
> structure along with the requested target numa node. The array of these
> structures is then conveyed down the page migration path via private
> argument. new_page_node then finds the corresponding structure and
> allocates the proper target page.
> What is the problem with the current implementation and why to change
> it? Apart from being quite ugly it also doesn't cope with unexpected
> pages showing up on the migration list inside migrate_pages path.
> That doesn't happen currently but the follow up patch would like to
> make the thp migration code more clear and that would need to split a
> THP into the list for some cases.
> How does the new implementation work? Well, instead of batching into a
> fixed size array we simply batch all pages that should be migrated to
> the same node and isolate all of them into a linked list which doesn't
> require any additional storage. This should work reasonably well because
> page migration usually migrates larger ranges of memory to a specific
> node. So the common case should work equally well as the current
> implementation. Even if somebody constructs an input where the target
> numa nodes would be interleaved we shouldn't see a large performance
> impact because page migration alone doesn't really benefit from
> batching. mmap_sem batching for the lookup is quite questionable and
> isolate_lru_page which would benefit from batching is not using it even
> in the current implementation.
> Signed-off-by: Michal Hocko <>
> ---
> mm/internal.h | 1 +
> mm/mempolicy.c | 5 +-
> mm/migrate.c | 306 +++++++++++++++++++++++++--------------------------------
> 3 files changed, 139 insertions(+), 173 deletions(-)

The approach looks fine to me.

But patch is rather large and hard to review. And how git mixed add/remove
lines doesn't help too. Any chance to split it up further?

One nitpick: I don't think 'chunk' terminology should go away with the

Kirill A. Shutemov

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