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SubjectRe: [PATCH v3 4/6] mm: hugetlb: add return -EAGAIN for dissolve_free_huge_page
On Mon 11-01-21 17:20:51, Mike Kravetz wrote:
> On 1/10/21 4:40 AM, Muchun Song wrote:
> > There is a race between dissolve_free_huge_page() and put_page(),
> > and the race window is quite small. Theoretically, we should return
> > -EBUSY when we encounter this race. In fact, we have a chance to
> > successfully dissolve the page if we do a retry. Because the race
> > window is quite small. If we seize this opportunity, it is an
> > optimization for increasing the success rate of dissolving page.
> >
> > If we free a HugeTLB page from a non-task context, it is deferred
> > through a workqueue. In this case, we need to flush the work.
> >
> > The dissolve_free_huge_page() can be called from memory hotplug,
> > the caller aims to free the HugeTLB page to the buddy allocator
> > so that the caller can unplug the page successfully.
> >
> > Signed-off-by: Muchun Song <>
> > ---
> > mm/hugetlb.c | 26 +++++++++++++++++++++-----
> > 1 file changed, 21 insertions(+), 5 deletions(-)
> I am unsure about the need for this patch. The code is OK, there are no
> issues with the code.
> As mentioned in the commit message, this is an optimization and could
> potentially cause a memory offline operation to succeed instead of fail.
> However, we are very unlikely to ever exercise this code. Adding an
> optimization that is unlikely to be exercised is certainly questionable.
> Memory offline is the only code that could benefit from this optimization.
> As someone with more memory offline user experience, what is your opinion
> Michal?

I am not a great fun of optimizations without any data to back them up.
I do not see any sign this code has been actually tested and the
condition triggered.

Besides that I have requested to have an explanation of why blocking on
the WQ is safe and that hasn't happened.
Michal Hocko

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