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SubjectRe: [PATCH v4 1/6] mm: teach mm by current context info to not do I/O during memory allocation
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On Wed, Nov 7, 2012 at 7:23 AM, Andrew Morton <akpm@linux-foundation.org> wrote:
>
> It's unclear from the description why we're also clearing __GFP_FS in
> this situation.
>
> If we can avoid doing this then there will be a very small gain: there
> are some situations in which a filesystem can clean pagecache without
> performing I/O.

Firstly, the patch follows the policy in the system suspend/resume situation,
in which the __GFP_FS is cleared, and basically the problem is very similar
with that in system PM path.

Secondly, inside shrink_page_list(), pageout() may be triggered on dirty anon
page if __GFP_FS is set.

IMO, if performing I/O can be completely avoided when __GFP_FS is set, the
flag can be kept, otherwise it is better to clear it in the situation.

>
> It doesn't appear that the patch will add overhead to the alloc/free
> hotpaths, which is good.

Thanks for previous Minchan's comment.

>
>>
>> ...
>>
>> --- a/include/linux/sched.h
>> +++ b/include/linux/sched.h
>> @@ -1805,6 +1805,7 @@ extern void thread_group_times(struct task_struct *p, cputime_t *ut, cputime_t *
>> #define PF_FROZEN 0x00010000 /* frozen for system suspend */
>> #define PF_FSTRANS 0x00020000 /* inside a filesystem transaction */
>> #define PF_KSWAPD 0x00040000 /* I am kswapd */
>> +#define PF_MEMALLOC_NOIO 0x00080000 /* Allocating memory without IO involved */
>> #define PF_LESS_THROTTLE 0x00100000 /* Throttle me less: I clean memory */
>> #define PF_KTHREAD 0x00200000 /* I am a kernel thread */
>> #define PF_RANDOMIZE 0x00400000 /* randomize virtual address space */
>> @@ -1842,6 +1843,15 @@ extern void thread_group_times(struct task_struct *p, cputime_t *ut, cputime_t *
>> #define tsk_used_math(p) ((p)->flags & PF_USED_MATH)
>> #define used_math() tsk_used_math(current)
>>
>> +#define memalloc_noio() (current->flags & PF_MEMALLOC_NOIO)
>> +#define memalloc_noio_save(flag) do { \
>> + (flag) = current->flags & PF_MEMALLOC_NOIO; \
>> + current->flags |= PF_MEMALLOC_NOIO; \
>> +} while (0)
>> +#define memalloc_noio_restore(flag) do { \
>> + current->flags = (current->flags & ~PF_MEMALLOC_NOIO) | flag; \
>> +} while (0)
>> +
>
> Again with the ghastly macros. Please, do this properly in regular old
> C, as previously discussed. It really doesn't matter what daft things
> local_irq_save() did 20 years ago. Just do it right!

OK, I will take inline function in -v5.

>
> Also, you can probably put the unlikely() inside memalloc_noio() and
> avoid repeating it at all the callsites.
>
> And it might be neater to do:
>
> /*
> * Nice comment goes here
> */
> static inline gfp_t memalloc_noio_flags(gfp_t flags)
> {
> if (unlikely(current->flags & PF_MEMALLOC_NOIO))
> flags &= ~GFP_IOFS;
> return flags;
> }

But without the check in callsites, some local variables will be write
two times,
so it is better to not do it.

>
>> * task->jobctl flags
>> */
>>
>> ...
>>
>> @@ -2304,6 +2304,12 @@ unsigned long try_to_free_pages(struct zonelist *zonelist, int order,
>> .gfp_mask = sc.gfp_mask,
>> };
>>
>> + if (unlikely(memalloc_noio())) {
>> + gfp_mask &= ~GFP_IOFS;
>> + sc.gfp_mask = gfp_mask;
>> + shrink.gfp_mask = sc.gfp_mask;
>> + }
>
> We can avoid writing to shrink.gfp_mask twice. And maybe sc.gfp_mask
> as well. Unclear, I didn't think about it too hard ;)

Yes, we can do it by initializing 'shrink' local variable just after the branch,
so one writing is enough. Will do it in -v5.

Thanks,
--
Ming Lei


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