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SubjectRe: [PATCH RFC 0/4] mm: place pages to the freelist tail when onling and undoing isolation
On 2020-09-16 20:34, David Hildenbrand wrote:
> When adding separate memory blocks via add_memory*() and onlining them
> immediately, the metadata (especially the memmap) of the next block
> will be
> placed onto one of the just added+onlined block. This creates a chain
> of unmovable allocations: If the last memory block cannot get
> offlined+removed() so will all dependant ones. We directly have
> unmovable
> allocations all over the place.
>
> This can be observed quite easily using virtio-mem, however, it can
> also
> be observed when using DIMMs. The freshly onlined pages will usually be
> placed to the head of the freelists, meaning they will be allocated
> next,
> turning the just-added memory usually immediately un-removable. The
> fresh pages are cold, prefering to allocate others (that might be hot)
> also feels to be the natural thing to do.
>
> It also applies to the hyper-v balloon xen-balloon, and ppc64 dlpar:
> when
> adding separate, successive memory blocks, each memory block will have
> unmovable allocations on them - for example gigantic pages will fail to
> allocate.
>
> While the ZONE_NORMAL doesn't provide any guarantees that memory can
> get
> offlined+removed again (any kind of fragmentation with unmovable
> allocations is possible), there are many scenarios (hotplugging a lot
> of
> memory, running workload, hotunplug some memory/as much as possible)
> where
> we can offline+remove quite a lot with this patchset.

Hi David,

I did not read through the patchset yet, so sorry if the question is
nonsense, but is this not trying to fix the same issue the vmemmap
patches did? [1]

I was about to give it a new respin now that thw hwpoison stuff has been
settled.

[1] https://patchwork.kernel.org/cover/11059175/
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