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SubjectRe: [PATCH v18 06/32] mm/thp: narrow lru locking
On Fri, Sep 11, 2020 at 11:37:50AM +0800, Alex Shi wrote:
>
>
> 在 2020/9/10 下午9:49, Matthew Wilcox 写道:
> > On Mon, Aug 24, 2020 at 08:54:39PM +0800, Alex Shi wrote:
> >> lru_lock and page cache xa_lock have no reason with current sequence,
> >> put them together isn't necessary. let's narrow the lru locking, but
> >> left the local_irq_disable to block interrupt re-entry and statistic update.
> >
> > What stats are you talking about here?
>
> Hi Matthew,
>
> Thanks for comments!
>
> like __dec_node_page_state(head, NR_SHMEM_THPS); will have preemptive warning...

OK, but those stats are guarded by 'if (mapping)', so this patch doesn't
produce that warning because we'll have taken the xarray lock and disabled
interrupts.

> > How about this patch instead? It occurred to me we already have
> > perfectly good infrastructure to track whether or not interrupts are
> > already disabled, and so we should use that instead of ensuring that
> > interrupts are disabled, or tracking that ourselves.
>
> So your proposal looks like;
> 1, xa_lock_irq(&mapping->i_pages); (optional)
> 2, spin_lock_irqsave(&ds_queue->split_queue_lock, flags);
> 3, spin_lock_irqsave(&pgdat->lru_lock, flags);
>
> Is there meaningful for the 2nd and 3rd flags?

Yes. We want to avoid doing:

if (mapping)
spin_lock(&ds_queue->split_queue_lock);
else
spin_lock_irq(&ds_queue->split_queue_lock);
...
if (mapping)
spin_unlock(&ds_queue->split_queue_lock);
else
spin_unlock_irq(&ds_queue->split_queue_lock);

Just using _irqsave has the same effect and is easier to reason about.

> IIRC, I had a similar proposal as your, the flags used in xa_lock_irqsave(),
> but objected by Hugh.

I imagine Hugh's objection was that we know it's safe to disable/enable
interrupts here because we're in a sleepable context. But for the
other two locks, we'd rather not track whether we've already disabled
interrupts or not.

Maybe you could dig up the email from Hugh? I can't find it.

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