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SubjectRe: [PATCH 1/4] mm, page_owner: make init_pages_in_zone() faster
On 09/06/2017 03:49 PM, Michal Hocko wrote:
> On Thu 31-08-17 09:55:25, Vlastimil Babka wrote:
>> On 08/23/2017 08:47 AM, Vlastimil Babka wrote:
>>> On 07/24/2017 02:38 PM, Michal Hocko wrote:
>>>> On Thu 20-07-17 15:40:26, Vlastimil Babka wrote:
>>>>> In init_pages_in_zone() we currently use the generic set_page_owner() function
>>>>> to initialize page_owner info for early allocated pages. This means we
>>>>> needlessly do lookup_page_ext() twice for each page, and more importantly
>>>>> save_stack(), which has to unwind the stack and find the corresponding stack
>>>>> depot handle. Because the stack is always the same for the initialization,
>>>>> unwind it once in init_pages_in_zone() and reuse the handle. Also avoid the
>>>>> repeated lookup_page_ext().
>>>> Yes this looks like an improvement but I have to admit that I do not
>>>> really get why we even do save_stack at all here. Those pages might
>>>> got allocated from anywhere so we could very well provide a statically
>>>> allocated "fake" stack trace, no?
>>> We could, but it's much simpler to do it this way than try to extend
>>> stack depot/stack saving to support creating such fakes. Would it be
>>> worth the effort?
>> Ah, I've noticed we already do this for the dummy (prevent recursion)
>> stack and failure stack. So here you go. It will also make the fake
>> stack more obvious after "[PATCH 2/2] mm, page_owner: Skip unnecessary
>> stack_trace entries" is merged, which would otherwise remove
>> init_page_owner() from the stack.
> Yes this is what I've had in mind.
>> ----8<----
>> >From 9804a5e62fc768e12b86fd4a3184e692c59ebfd1 Mon Sep 17 00:00:00 2001
>> From: Vlastimil Babka <>
>> Date: Thu, 31 Aug 2017 09:46:46 +0200
>> Subject: [PATCH] mm, page_owner: make init_pages_in_zone() faster-fix2
>> Create statically allocated fake stack trace for early allocated pages, per
>> Michal Hocko.
> Yes this looks good to me. I am just wondering why we need 3 different
> fake stacks. I do not see any code that would special case them when
> dumping traces. Maybe this can be done on top?

It's so that the user can differentiate them in the output. That's why
the functions are noinline.

>> Signed-off-by: Vlastimil Babka <>
> Anyway
> Acked-by: Michal Hocko <>


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