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SubjectRe: [PATCH 0/5] Speed up mremap on large regions
On Wed, Sep 30, 2020 at 03:42:17PM -0700, Lokesh Gidra wrote:
> On Wed, Sep 30, 2020 at 3:32 PM Kirill A. Shutemov
> <kirill.shutemov@linux.intel.com> wrote:
> >
> > On Wed, Sep 30, 2020 at 10:21:17PM +0000, Kalesh Singh wrote:
> > > mremap time can be optimized by moving entries at the PMD/PUD level if
> > > the source and destination addresses are PMD/PUD-aligned and
> > > PMD/PUD-sized. Enable moving at the PMD and PUD levels on arm64 and
> > > x86. Other architectures where this type of move is supported and known to
> > > be safe can also opt-in to these optimizations by enabling HAVE_MOVE_PMD
> > > and HAVE_MOVE_PUD.
> > >
> > > Observed Performance Improvements for remapping a PUD-aligned 1GB-sized
> > > region on x86 and arm64:
> > >
> > > - HAVE_MOVE_PMD is already enabled on x86 : N/A
> > > - Enabling HAVE_MOVE_PUD on x86 : ~13x speed up
> > >
> > > - Enabling HAVE_MOVE_PMD on arm64 : ~ 8x speed up
> > > - Enabling HAVE_MOVE_PUD on arm64 : ~19x speed up
> > >
> > > Altogether, HAVE_MOVE_PMD and HAVE_MOVE_PUD
> > > give a total of ~150x speed up on arm64.
> >
> > Is there a *real* workload that benefit from HAVE_MOVE_PUD?
> >
> We have a Java garbage collector under development which requires
> moving physical pages of multi-gigabyte heap using mremap. During this
> move, the application threads have to be paused for correctness. It is
> critical to keep this pause as short as possible to avoid jitters
> during user interaction. This is where HAVE_MOVE_PUD will greatly
> help.

Any chance to quantify the effect of mremap() with and without
HAVE_MOVE_PUD?

I doubt it's a major contributor to the GC pause. I expect you need to
move tens of gigs to get sizable effect. And if your GC routinely moves
tens of gigs, maybe problem somewhere else?

I'm asking for numbers, because increase in complexity comes with cost.
If it doesn't provide an substantial benefit to a real workload
maintaining the code forever doesn't make sense.

--
Kirill A. Shutemov

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