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Subject[RFC PATCH v1 00/13] lru_lock scalability
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lru_lock, a per-node* spinlock that protects an LRU list, is one of the
hottest locks in the kernel. On some workloads on large machines, it
shows up at the top of lock_stat.

One way to improve lru_lock scalability is to introduce an array of locks,
with each lock protecting certain batches of LRU pages.

*ooooooooooo**ooooooooooo**ooooooooooo**oooo ...
| || || ||
\ batch 1 / \ batch 2 / \ batch 3 /

In this ASCII depiction of an LRU, a page is represented with either '*'
or 'o'. An asterisk indicates a sentinel page, which is a page at the
edge of a batch. An 'o' indicates a non-sentinel page.

To remove a non-sentinel LRU page, only one lock from the array is
required. This allows multiple threads to remove pages from different
batches simultaneously. A sentinel page requires lru_lock in addition to
a lock from the array.

Full performance numbers appear in the last patch in this series, but this
prototype allows a microbenchmark to do up to 28% more page faults per
second with 16 or more concurrent processes.

This work was developed in collaboration with Steve Sistare.

Note: This is an early prototype. I'm submitting it now to support my
request to attend LSF/MM, as well as get early feedback on the idea. Any
comments appreciated.


* lru_lock is actually per-memcg, but without memcg's in the picture it
becomes per-node.


Aaron Lu (1):
mm: add a percpu_pagelist_batch sysctl interface

Daniel Jordan (12):
mm: allow compaction to be disabled
mm: add lock array to pgdat and batch fields to struct page
mm: introduce struct lru_list_head in lruvec to hold per-LRU batch
info
mm: add batching logic to add/delete/move API's
mm: add lru_[un]lock_all APIs
mm: convert to-be-refactored lru_lock callsites to lock-all API
mm: temporarily convert lru_lock callsites to lock-all API
mm: introduce add-only version of pagevec_lru_move_fn
mm: add LRU batch lock API's
mm: use lru_batch locking in release_pages
mm: split up release_pages into non-sentinel and sentinel passes
mm: splice local lists onto the front of the LRU

include/linux/mm_inline.h | 209 +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++-
include/linux/mm_types.h | 5 ++
include/linux/mmzone.h | 25 +++++-
kernel/sysctl.c | 9 ++
mm/Kconfig | 1 -
mm/huge_memory.c | 6 +-
mm/memcontrol.c | 5 +-
mm/mlock.c | 11 +--
mm/mmzone.c | 7 +-
mm/page_alloc.c | 43 +++++++++-
mm/page_idle.c | 4 +-
mm/swap.c | 208 ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++---------
mm/vmscan.c | 49 +++++------
13 files changed, 500 insertions(+), 82 deletions(-)

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2.16.1

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