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SubjectRe: [PATCH v2 00/10] try to reduce fragmenting fallbacks
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On 02/16/2017 04:12 PM, Vlastimil Babka wrote:
> On 02/15/2017 03:29 PM, Vlastimil Babka wrote:
>> On 02/13/2017 12:07 PM, Mel Gorman wrote:
>>> On Fri, Feb 10, 2017 at 06:23:33PM +0100, Vlastimil Babka wrote:
>>>
>>> By and large, I like the series, particularly patches 7 and 8. I cannot
>>> make up my mind about the RFC patches 9 and 10 yet. Conceptually they
>>> seem sound but they are much more far reaching than the rest of the
>>> series.
>>>
>>> It would be nice if patches 1-8 could be treated in isolation with data
>>> on the number of extfrag events triggered, time spent in compaction and
>>> the success rate. Patches 9 and 10 are tricy enough that they would need
>>> data per patch where as patches 1-8 should be ok with data gathered for
>>> the whole series.
>>
>> I've got the results with mmtests stress-highalloc modified to do
>> GFP_KERNEL order-4 allocations, on 4.9 with "mm, vmscan: fix zone
>> balance check in prepare_kswapd_sleep" (without that, kcompactd indeed
>> wasn't woken up) on UMA machine with 4GB memory. There were 5 repeats of
>> each run, as the extfrag stats are quite volatile (note the stats below
>> are sums, not averages, as it was less perl hacking for me).
>>
>> Success rate are the same, already high due to the low order. THP and
>> compaction stats also roughly the same. The extfrag stats (a bit
>> modified/expanded wrt. vanilla mmtests):
>>
>> (the patches are stacked, and I haven't measured the non-functional-changes
>> patches separately)
>> base patch 2 patch 3 patch 4 patch 7 patch 8
>> Page alloc extfrag event 11734984 11769620 11485185 13029676 13312786 13939417
>> Extfrag fragmenting 11729231 11763921 11479301 13024101 13307281 13933978
>> Extfrag fragmenting for unmovable 87848 84906 76328 78613 66025 59261
>> Extfrag fragmenting unmovable placed with movable 8298 7367 5865 8479 6440 5928
>> Extfrag fragmenting for reclaimable 11636074 11673657 11397642 12940253 13236444 13869509
>> Extfrag fragmenting reclaimable placed with movable 389283 362396 330855 374292 390700 415478
>> Extfrag fragmenting for movable 5309 5358 5331 5235 4812 5208
>
> OK, so turns out the trace postprocessing script had mixed up movable
> and reclaimable, because the tracepoint prints only the numeric value
> from the enum. Commit 016c13daa5c9 ("mm, page_alloc: use masks and
> shifts when converting GFP flags to migrate types") swapped movable and
> reclaimable in the enum, and the script wasn't updated.
>
> Here are the results again, after fixing the script:
>
> base patch 2 patch 3 patch 4 patch 7 patch 8
> Page alloc extfrag event 11734984 11769620 11485185 13029676 13312786 13939417
> Extfrag fragmenting 11729231 11763921 11479301 13024101 13307281 13933978
> Extfrag fragmenting for unmovable 87848 84906 76328 78613 66025 59261
> Extfrag fragmenting unmovable placed with movable 79550 77539 70463 70134 59585 53333
> Extfrag fragmenting unmovable placed with reclaim. 8298 7367 5865 8479 6440 5928
> Extfrag fragmenting for reclaimable 5309 5358 5331 5235 4812 5208
> Extfrag fragmenting reclaimable placed with movable 1757 1728 1703 1750 1647 1715
> Extfrag fragmenting reclaimable placed with unmov. 3552 3630 3628 3485 3165 3493
> Extfrag fragmenting for movable 11636074 11673657 11397642 12940253 13236444 13869509


And the disaster of evaluation continues. I have now realised that my automation
got broken by grub2 changes, and long story short, iterations 2+ of each kernel
actually used the "patch 8" kernel, which made all the differences relatively
smaller. So only the first iteration is usable, with results below for
illustration. I'll hopefully collect the proper data with 5 iterations over
weekend - the series should have more impact than it looked like.

base patch 2 patch 3 patch 4 patch 7 patch 8
Page alloc extfrag event 1528823 1444798 1514653 2702564 2643290 3024168
Extfrag fragmenting 1527537 1443567 1513410 2701466 2642117 3023164
Extfrag fragmenting for unmovable 39908 37186 32646 23214 13942 13994
Extfrag fragmenting unmovable placed with movable 36703 36093 31344 21312 12628 12267
Extfrag fragmenting unmovable placed with reclaim. 3205 1093 1302 1902 1314 1727
Extfrag fragmenting for reclaimable 1038 1025 1048 1039 1023 1132
Extfrag fragmenting reclaimable placed with movable 370 319 326 373 317 320
Extfrag fragmenting reclaimable placed with unmov. 668 706 722 666 706 812
Extfrag fragmenting for movable 1486591 1405356 1479716 2677213 2627152 3008038

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