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SubjectRe: [PATCH 06/10] mm: vmscan: demote anon DRAM pages to PMEM node
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On 3/24/19 3:20 PM, Keith Busch wrote:
> On Sat, Mar 23, 2019 at 12:44:31PM +0800, Yang Shi wrote:
>> /*
>> + * Demote DRAM pages regardless the mempolicy.
>> + * Demot anonymous pages only for now and skip MADV_FREE
>> + * pages.
>> + */
>> + if (PageAnon(page) && !PageSwapCache(page) &&
>> + (node_isset(page_to_nid(page), def_alloc_nodemask)) &&
>> + PageSwapBacked(page)) {
>> +
>> + if (has_nonram_online()) {
>> + list_add(&page->lru, &demote_pages);
>> + unlock_page(page);
>> + continue;
>> + }
>> + }
>> +
>> + /*
>> * Anonymous process memory has backing store?
>> * Try to allocate it some swap space here.
>> * Lazyfree page could be freed directly
>> @@ -1477,6 +1507,25 @@ static unsigned long shrink_page_list(struct list_head *page_list,
>> VM_BUG_ON_PAGE(PageLRU(page) || PageUnevictable(page), page);
>> }
>>
>> + /* Demote pages to PMEM */
>> + if (!list_empty(&demote_pages)) {
>> + int err, target_nid;
>> + nodemask_t used_mask;
>> +
>> + nodes_clear(used_mask);
>> + target_nid = find_next_best_node(pgdat->node_id, &used_mask,
>> + true);
>> +
>> + err = migrate_pages(&demote_pages, alloc_new_node_page, NULL,
>> + target_nid, MIGRATE_ASYNC, MR_DEMOTE);
>> +
>> + if (err) {
>> + putback_movable_pages(&demote_pages);
>> +
>> + list_splice(&ret_pages, &demote_pages);
>> + }
>> + }
>> +
>> mem_cgroup_uncharge_list(&free_pages);
>> try_to_unmap_flush();
>> free_unref_page_list(&free_pages);
> How do these pages eventually get to swap when migration fails? Looks
> like that's skipped.

Yes, they will be just put back to LRU. Actually, I don't expect it
would be very often to have migration fail at this stage (but I have no
test data to support this hypothesis) since the pages have been isolated
from LRU, so other reclaim path should not find them anymore.

If it is locked by someone else right before migration, it is likely
referenced again, so putting back to LRU sounds not bad.

A potential improvement is to have sync migration for kswapd.

>
> And page cache demotion is useful too, we shouldn't consider only
> anonymous for this feature.

Yes, definitely. I'm looking into the page cache case now. Any
suggestion is welcome.

Thanks,
Yang


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