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SubjectRe: [PATCH 6/6] XFS: remove congestion_wait() loop from xfs_buf_alloc_pages()
On Tue, Sep 14, 2021 at 10:13:04AM +1000, NeilBrown wrote:
> Documentation commment in gfp.h discourages indefinite retry loops on
> ENOMEM and says of __GFP_NOFAIL that it
>
> is definitely preferable to use the flag rather than opencode
> endless loop around allocator.
>
> congestion_wait() is indistinguishable from
> schedule_timeout_uninterruptible() in practice and it is not a good way
> to wait for memory to become available.
>
> So instead of waiting, allocate a single page using __GFP_NOFAIL, then
> loop around and try to get any more pages that might be needed with a
> bulk allocation. This single-page allocation will wait in the most
> appropriate way.
>
> Signed-off-by: NeilBrown <neilb@suse.de>
> ---
> fs/xfs/xfs_buf.c | 6 +++---
> 1 file changed, 3 insertions(+), 3 deletions(-)
>
> diff --git a/fs/xfs/xfs_buf.c b/fs/xfs/xfs_buf.c
> index 5fa6cd947dd4..1ae3768f6504 100644
> --- a/fs/xfs/xfs_buf.c
> +++ b/fs/xfs/xfs_buf.c
> @@ -372,8 +372,8 @@ xfs_buf_alloc_pages(
>
> /*
> * Bulk filling of pages can take multiple calls. Not filling the entire
> - * array is not an allocation failure, so don't back off if we get at
> - * least one extra page.
> + * array is not an allocation failure, so don't fail or fall back on
> + * __GFP_NOFAIL if we get at least one extra page.
> */
> for (;;) {
> long last = filled;
> @@ -394,7 +394,7 @@ xfs_buf_alloc_pages(
> }
>
> XFS_STATS_INC(bp->b_mount, xb_page_retries);
> - congestion_wait(BLK_RW_ASYNC, HZ / 50);
> + bp->b_pages[filled++] = alloc_page(gfp_mask | __GFP_NOFAIL);

This smells wrong - the whole point of using the bulk page allocator
in this loop is to avoid the costly individual calls to
alloc_page().

What we are implementing here fail-fast semantics for readahead and
fail-never for everything else. If the bulk allocator fails to get
a page from the fast path free lists, it already falls back to
__alloc_pages(gfp, 0, ...) to allocate a single page. So AFAICT
there's no need to add another call to alloc_page() because we can
just do this instead:

if (flags & XBF_READ_AHEAD)
gfp_mask |= __GFP_NORETRY;
else
- gfp_mask |= GFP_NOFS;
+ gfp_mask |= GFP_NOFS | __GFP_NOFAIL;

Which should make the __alloc_pages() call in
alloc_pages_bulk_array() do a __GFP_NOFAIL allocation and hence
provide the necessary never-fail guarantee that is needed here.

At which point, the bulk allocation loop can be simplified because
we can only fail bulk allocation for readahead, so something like:

if (filled == bp->b_page_count) {
XFS_STATS_INC(bp->b_mount, xb_page_found);
break;
}

- if (filled != last)
+ if (filled == last) {
- continue;
-
- if (flags & XBF_READ_AHEAD) {
ASSERT(flags & XBF_READ_AHEAD);
xfs_buf_free_pages(bp);
return -ENOMEM;
}

XFS_STATS_INC(bp->b_mount, xb_page_retries);
- congestion_wait(BLK_RW_ASYNC, HZ / 50);
}
return 0;
}

would do the right thing and still record that we are doing
blocking allocations (via the xb_page_retries stat) in this loop.

Cheers,

Dave.
--
Dave Chinner
david@fromorbit.com

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