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SubjectRe: [PATCH] mm: put_and_wait_on_page_locked() while page is migrated
On Sun, 25 Nov 2018, Linus Torvalds wrote:
> On Sat, Nov 24, 2018 at 7:21 PM Hugh Dickins <hughd@google.com> wrote:
> >
> > Linus, I'm addressing this patch to you because I see from Tim Chen's
> > thread that it would interest you, and you were disappointed not to
> > root cause the issue back then. I'm not pushing for you to fast-track
> > this into 4.20-rc, but I expect Andrew will pick it up for mmotm, and
> > thence linux-next. Or you may spot a terrible defect, but I hope not.
>
> The only terrible defect I spot is that I wish the change to the
> 'lock' argument in wait_on_page_bit_common() came with a comment
> explaining the new semantics.o

Thanks a lot for looking through it.

>
> The old semantics were somewhat obvious (even if not documented): if
> 'lock' was set, we'd make the wait exclusive, and we'd lock the page
> before returning. That kind of matches the intuitive meaning for the
> function prototype, and it's pretty obvious in the callers too.
>
> The new semantics don't have the same kind of really intuitive
> meaning, I feel. That "-1" doesn't mean "unlock", it means "drop page
> reference", so there is no longer a fairly intuitive and direct
> mapping between the argument name and type and the behavior of the
> function.
>
> So I don't hate the concept of the patch at all, but I do ask to:
>
> - better documentation.
>
> This might not be "documentation" at all, maybe that "lock"
> variable should just be renamed (because it's not about just locking
> any more), and would be better off as a tristate enum called
> "behavior" that has "LOCK, DROP, WAIT" values?

Agreed, an enum should be best. I'll try it out now, and see what
naming fits - I'm not all that keen on "LOCK", since (like many of the
existing comments) it forgets that PG_locked is only one of the flags
that comes here. Admittedly, the only other is PG_writeback, and
nobody wants exclusive behavior on that one, but...

>
> - while it sounds likely that this is indeed the same issue that
> plagues us with the insanely long wait-queues, it would be *really*
> nice to have that actually confirmed.

I echo your words: it would be *really* nice. We do already know
that this patch is good for many problem loads, but it would be very
satisfying if it could also wrap that discussion from last year.

>
> Does somebody still have access to the customer load that triggered
> the horrible scaling issues before?

Kan? Tim?

>
> In particular, on that second issue: the "fixes" that went in for the
> wait-queues didn't really fix any real scalability problem, it really
> just fixed the excessive irq latency issues due to the long traversal
> holding a lock.
>
> If this really fixes the fundamental issue, that should show up as an
> actual performance difference, I'd expect..

I guess so, though it might be more convincing to add a hack to suppress
the bookmarking (e.g. #define WAITQUEUE_WALK_BREAK_CNT (INT_MAX - 1))
when trying out the put_and_wait patch - if they can persuade the
customer to go back in time on this, which is asking a lot.

Not that I have any ambitions to do away with the bookmarking myself;
though I do have several reservations about the way it works out (that
I'd rather go into some other time).

>
> End result: I like and approve of the patch, but I'd like it a lot
> more if the code behavior was clarified a bit, and I'd really like to
> close the loop on that old nasty page wait queue issue...

Thanks!
Hugh

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