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Subject[PATCH v2 0/3] Separate NUMA statistics from zone statistics
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Each page allocation updates a set of per-zone statistics with a call to
zone_statistics(). As discussed in 2017 MM summit, these are a substantial
source of overhead in the page allocator and are very rarely consumed. This
significant overhead in cache bouncing caused by zone counters (NUMA
associated counters) update in parallel in multi-threaded page allocation
(pointed out by Dave Hansen).

A link to the MM summit slides:
http://people.netfilter.org/hawk/presentations/MM-summit2017/MM-summit2017
-JesperBrouer.pdf

To mitigate this overhead, this patchset separates NUMA statistics from
zone statistics framework, and update NUMA counter threshold to a fixed
size of MAX_U16 - 2, as a small threshold greatly increases the update
frequency of the global counter from local per cpu counter (suggested by
Ying Huang). The rationality is that these statistics counters don't need
to be read often, unlike other VM counters, so it's not a problem to use a
large threshold and make readers more expensive.

With this patchset, we see 31.3% drop of CPU cycles(537-->369, see below)
for per single page allocation and reclaim on Jesper's page_bench03
benchmark. Meanwhile, this patchset keeps the same style of virtual memory
statistics with little end-user-visible effects (only move the numa stats
to show behind zone page stats, see the first patch for details).

I did an experiment of single page allocation and reclaim concurrently
using Jesper's page_bench03 benchmark on a 2-Socket Broadwell-based server
(88 processors with 126G memory) with different size of threshold of pcp
counter.

Benchmark provided by Jesper D Brouer(increase loop times to 10000000):
https://github.com/netoptimizer/prototype-kernel/tree/master/kernel/mm/
bench

Threshold CPU cycles Throughput(88 threads)
32 799 241760478
64 640 301628829
125 537 358906028 <==> system by default
256 468 412397590
512 428 450550704
4096 399 482520943
20000 394 489009617
30000 395 488017817
65533 369(-31.3%) 521661345(+45.3%) <==> with this patchset
N/A 342(-36.3%) 562900157(+56.8%) <==> disable zone_statistics

Kemi Wang (3):
mm: Change the call sites of numa statistics items
mm: Update NUMA counter threshold size
mm: Consider the number in local CPUs when *reads* NUMA stats

drivers/base/node.c | 22 ++++---
include/linux/mmzone.h | 24 +++++---
include/linux/vmstat.h | 33 +++++++++++
mm/page_alloc.c | 10 ++--
mm/vmstat.c | 152 +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++--
5 files changed, 217 insertions(+), 24 deletions(-)

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2.7.4

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