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SubjectRe: [PATCH v3 5/8] mm/migrate: make a standard migration target allocation function
On Mon 29-06-20 15:41:37, Joonsoo Kim wrote:
> 2020년 6월 26일 (금) 오후 4:33, Michal Hocko <mhocko@kernel.org>님이 작성:
> >
> > On Fri 26-06-20 14:02:49, Joonsoo Kim wrote:
> > > 2020년 6월 25일 (목) 오후 9:05, Michal Hocko <mhocko@kernel.org>님이 작성:
> > > >
> > > > On Tue 23-06-20 15:13:45, Joonsoo Kim wrote:
> > [...]
> > > > > -struct page *new_page_nodemask(struct page *page,
> > > > > - int preferred_nid, nodemask_t *nodemask)
> > > > > +struct page *alloc_migration_target(struct page *page, unsigned long private)
> > > > > {
> > > > > - gfp_t gfp_mask = GFP_USER | __GFP_MOVABLE | __GFP_RETRY_MAYFAIL;
> > > > > + struct migration_target_control *mtc;
> > > > > + gfp_t gfp_mask;
> > > > > unsigned int order = 0;
> > > > > struct page *new_page = NULL;
> > > > > + int zidx;
> > > > > +
> > > > > + mtc = (struct migration_target_control *)private;
> > > > > + gfp_mask = mtc->gfp_mask;
> > > > >
> > > > > if (PageHuge(page)) {
> > > > > return alloc_huge_page_nodemask(
> > > > > - page_hstate(compound_head(page)),
> > > > > - preferred_nid, nodemask, 0, false);
> > > > > + page_hstate(compound_head(page)), mtc->nid,
> > > > > + mtc->nmask, gfp_mask, false);
> > > > > }
> > > > >
> > > > > if (PageTransHuge(page)) {
> > > > > + gfp_mask &= ~__GFP_RECLAIM;
> > > >
> > > > What's up with this gfp_mask modification?
> > >
> > > THP page allocation uses a standard gfp masks, GFP_TRANSHUGE_LIGHT and
> > > GFP_TRANHUGE. __GFP_RECLAIM flags is a big part of this standard mask design.
> > > So, I clear it here so as not to disrupt the THP gfp mask.
> >
> > Why this wasn't really needed before? I guess I must be missing
> > something here. This patch should be mostly mechanical convergence of
> > existing migration callbacks but this change adds a new behavior AFAICS.
>
> Before this patch, a user cannot specify a gfp_mask and THP allocation
> uses GFP_TRANSHUGE
> statically.

Unless I am misreading there are code paths (e.g.new_page_nodemask) which simply use
add GFP_TRANSHUGE to GFP_USER | __GFP_MOVABLE | __GFP_RETRY_MAYFAIL. And
this goes all the way to thp migration introduction.

> After this patch, a user can specify a gfp_mask and it
> could conflict with GFP_TRANSHUGE.
> This code tries to avoid this conflict.
>
> > It would effectively drop __GFP_RETRY_MAYFAIL and __GFP_KSWAPD_RECLAIM
>
> __GFP_RETRY_MAYFAIL isn't dropped. __GFP_RECLAIM is
> "___GFP_DIRECT_RECLAIM|___GFP_KSWAPD_RECLAIM".
> So, __GFP_KSWAPD_RECLAIM would be dropped for THP allocation.
> IIUC, THP allocation doesn't use __GFP_KSWAPD_RECLAIM since it's
> overhead is too large and this overhead should be given to the caller
> rather than system thread (kswapd) and so on.

Yes, there is a reason why KSWAPD is excluded from THP allocations in
the page fault path. Maybe we want to extend that behavior to the
migration as well. I do not have a strong opinion on that because I
haven't seen excessive kswapd reclaim due to THP migrations. They are
likely too rare.

But as I've said in my previous email. Make this a separate patch with
an explanation why we want this.
--
Michal Hocko
SUSE Labs

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