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Subject[PATCH v5 0/9] mm/demotion: Memory tiers and demotion
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The current kernel has the basic memory tiering support: Inactive
pages on a higher tier NUMA node can be migrated (demoted) to a lower
tier NUMA node to make room for new allocations on the higher tier
NUMA node. Frequently accessed pages on a lower tier NUMA node can be
migrated (promoted) to a higher tier NUMA node to improve the
performance.

In the current kernel, memory tiers are defined implicitly via a
demotion path relationship between NUMA nodes, which is created during
the kernel initialization and updated when a NUMA node is hot-added or
hot-removed. The current implementation puts all nodes with CPU into
the top tier, and builds the tier hierarchy tier-by-tier by establishing
the per-node demotion targets based on the distances between nodes.

This current memory tier kernel interface needs to be improved for
several important use cases:

* The current tier initialization code always initializes
each memory-only NUMA node into a lower tier. But a memory-only
NUMA node may have a high performance memory device (e.g. a DRAM
device attached via CXL.mem or a DRAM-backed memory-only node on
a virtual machine) and should be put into a higher tier.

* The current tier hierarchy always puts CPU nodes into the top
tier. But on a system with HBM (e.g. GPU memory) devices, these
memory-only HBM NUMA nodes should be in the top tier, and DRAM nodes
with CPUs are better to be placed into the next lower tier.

* Also because the current tier hierarchy always puts CPU nodes
into the top tier, when a CPU is hot-added (or hot-removed) and
triggers a memory node from CPU-less into a CPU node (or vice
versa), the memory tier hierarchy gets changed, even though no
memory node is added or removed. This can make the tier
hierarchy unstable and make it difficult to support tier-based
memory accounting.

* A higher tier node can only be demoted to selected nodes on the
next lower tier as defined by the demotion path, not any other
node from any lower tier. This strict, hard-coded demotion order
does not work in all use cases (e.g. some use cases may want to
allow cross-socket demotion to another node in the same demotion
tier as a fallback when the preferred demotion node is out of
space), and has resulted in the feature request for an interface to
override the system-wide, per-node demotion order from the
userspace. This demotion order is also inconsistent with the page
allocation fallback order when all the nodes in a higher tier are
out of space: The page allocation can fall back to any node from
any lower tier, whereas the demotion order doesn't allow that.

* There are no interfaces for the userspace to learn about the memory
tier hierarchy in order to optimize its memory allocations.

This patch series make the creation of memory tiers explicit under
the control of userspace or device driver.

Memory Tier Initialization
==========================

By default, all memory nodes are assigned to the default tier (1).
The default tier device has a rank value (200).

A device driver can move up or down its memory nodes from the default
tier. For example, PMEM can move down its memory nodes below the
default tier, whereas GPU can move up its memory nodes above the
default tier.

The kernel initialization code makes the decision on which exact tier
a memory node should be assigned to based on the requests from the
device drivers as well as the memory device hardware information
provided by the firmware.

Hot-adding/removing CPUs doesn't affect memory tier hierarchy.

Memory Allocation for Demotion
==============================
This patch series keep the demotion target page allocation logic same.
The demotion page allocation pick the closest NUMA node in the
next lower tier to the current NUMA node allocating pages from.

This will be later improved to use the same page allocation strategy
using fallback list.

Sysfs Interface:
-------------
Listing current list of memory tiers and rank details:

:/sys/devices/system/memtier$ ls
default_tier max_tier memtier1 power uevent
:/sys/devices/system/memtier$ cat default_tier
memtier1
:/sys/devices/system/memtier$ cat max_tier
3
:/sys/devices/system/memtier$

Per node memory tier details:

For a cpu only NUMA node:

:/sys/devices/system/node# cat node0/memtier
:/sys/devices/system/node# echo 1 > node0/memtier
:/sys/devices/system/node# cat node0/memtier
:/sys/devices/system/node#

For a NUMA node with memory:
:/sys/devices/system/node# cat node1/memtier
1
:/sys/devices/system/node# ls ../memtier/
default_tier max_tier memtier1 power uevent
:/sys/devices/system/node# echo 2 > node1/memtier
:/sys/devices/system/node#
:/sys/devices/system/node# ls ../memtier/
default_tier max_tier memtier1 memtier2 power uevent
:/sys/devices/system/node# cat node1/memtier
2
:/sys/devices/system/node#
:/sys/devices/system/node# cat ../memtier/memtier2/rank
100
:/sys/devices/system/node#
:/sys/devices/system/node# cat ../memtier/memtier1/rank
200
:/sys/devices/system/node#

Removing a NUMA node from demotion:
:/sys/devices/system/node# cat node1/memtier
2
:/sys/devices/system/node# echo none > node1/memtier
:/sys/devices/system/node#
:/sys/devices/system/node# cat node1/memtier
:/sys/devices/system/node#
:/sys/devices/system/node# ls ../memtier/
default_tier max_tier memtier1 power uevent
:/sys/devices/system/node#

The above also resulted in removal of memtier2 which was created in the earlier step.


Changes from v4:
* Address review feedback.
* Reverse the meaning of "rank": higher rank value means higher tier.
* Add "/sys/devices/system/memtier/default_tier".
* Add node_is_toptier

v4:
Add support for explicit memory tiers and ranks.

v3:
- Modify patch 1 subject to make it more specific
- Remove /sys/kernel/mm/numa/demotion_targets interface, use
/sys/devices/system/node/demotion_targets instead and make
it writable to override node_states[N_DEMOTION_TARGETS].
- Add support to view per node demotion targets via sysfs

v2:
In v1, only 1st patch of this patch series was sent, which was
implemented to avoid some of the limitations on the demotion
target sharing, however for certain numa topology, the demotion
targets found by that patch was not most optimal, so 1st patch
in this series is modified according to suggestions from Huang
and Baolin. Different examples of demotion list comparasion
between existing implementation and changed implementation can
be found in the commit message of 1st patch.

Aneesh Kumar K.V (7):
mm/demotion: Add support for explicit memory tiers
mm/demotion: Expose per node memory tier to sysfs
mm/demotion: Move memory demotion related code
mm/demotion: Build demotion targets based on explicit memory tiers
mm/demotion/dax/kmem: Set node's memory tier to MEMORY_TIER_PMEM
mm/demotion: Add support for removing node from demotion memory tiers
mm/demotion: Update node_is_toptier to work with memory tiers

Jagdish Gediya (2):
mm/demotion: Demote pages according to allocation fallback order
mm/demotion: Add documentation for memory tiering

Documentation/admin-guide/mm/index.rst | 1 +
.../admin-guide/mm/memory-tiering.rst | 175 +++++
drivers/base/node.c | 43 ++
drivers/dax/kmem.c | 4 +
include/linux/memory-tiers.h | 54 ++
include/linux/migrate.h | 15 -
include/linux/node.h | 5 -
mm/Kconfig | 11 +
mm/Makefile | 1 +
mm/huge_memory.c | 1 +
mm/memory-tiers.c | 706 ++++++++++++++++++
mm/migrate.c | 453 +----------
mm/mprotect.c | 1 +
mm/vmscan.c | 39 +-
mm/vmstat.c | 4 -
15 files changed, 1017 insertions(+), 496 deletions(-)
create mode 100644 Documentation/admin-guide/mm/memory-tiering.rst
create mode 100644 include/linux/memory-tiers.h
create mode 100644 mm/memory-tiers.c

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