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On Wed 11-09-19 08:08:38, Michael S. Tsirkin wrote:
> On Wed, Sep 11, 2019 at 01:36:19PM +0200, Michal Hocko wrote:
> > On Tue 10-09-19 14:23:40, Alexander Duyck wrote:
> > [...]
> > > We don't put any limitations on the allocator other then that it needs to
> > > clean up the metadata on allocation, and that it cannot allocate a page
> > > that is in the process of being reported since we pulled it from the
> > > free_list. If the page is a "Reported" page then it decrements the
> > > reported_pages count for the free_area and makes sure the page doesn't
> > > exist in the "Boundary" array pointer value, if it does it moves the
> > > "Boundary" since it is pulling the page.
> >
> > This is still a non-trivial limitation on the page allocation from an
> > external code IMHO. I cannot give any explicit reason why an ordering on
> > the free list might matter (well except for page shuffling which uses it
> > to make physical memory pattern allocation more random) but the
> > architecture seems hacky and dubious to be honest. It shoulds like the
> > whole interface has been developed around a very particular and single
> > purpose optimization.
> >
> > I remember that there was an attempt to report free memory that provided
> > a callback mechanism [1], which was much less intrusive to the internals
> > of the allocator yet it should provide a similar functionality. Did you
> > see that approach? How does this compares to it? Or am I completely off
> > when comparing them?
> >
> > [1] mostly likely not the latest version of the patchset
> > http://lkml.kernel.org/r/1502940416-42944-5-git-send-email-wei.w.wang@intel.com
>
> Linus nacked that one. He thinks invoking callbacks with lots of
> internal mm locks is too fragile.

I would be really curious how much he would be happy about injecting
other restrictions on the allocator like this patch proposes. This is
more intrusive as it has a higher maintenance cost longterm IMHO.
--
Michal Hocko
SUSE Labs

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