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SubjectRe: [RFC PATCH] Add /proc/<pid>/numa_vamaps for numa node information

On 05/03/2018 01:57 AM, Michal Hocko wrote:
> On Wed 02-05-18 16:43:58, prakash.sangappa wrote:
>> On 05/02/2018 02:33 PM, Andrew Morton wrote:
>>> On Tue, 1 May 2018 22:58:06 -0700 Prakash Sangappa <> wrote:
>>>> For analysis purpose it is useful to have numa node information
>>>> corresponding mapped address ranges of the process. Currently
>>>> /proc/<pid>/numa_maps provides list of numa nodes from where pages are
>>>> allocated per VMA of the process. This is not useful if an user needs to
>>>> determine which numa node the mapped pages are allocated from for a
>>>> particular address range. It would have helped if the numa node information
>>>> presented in /proc/<pid>/numa_maps was broken down by VA ranges showing the
>>>> exact numa node from where the pages have been allocated.
>>>> The format of /proc/<pid>/numa_maps file content is dependent on
>>>> /proc/<pid>/maps file content as mentioned in the manpage. i.e one line
>>>> entry for every VMA corresponding to entries in /proc/<pids>/maps file.
>>>> Therefore changing the output of /proc/<pid>/numa_maps may not be possible.
>>>> Hence, this patch proposes adding file /proc/<pid>/numa_vamaps which will
>>>> provide proper break down of VA ranges by numa node id from where the mapped
>>>> pages are allocated. For Address ranges not having any pages mapped, a '-'
>>>> is printed instead of numa node id. In addition, this file will include most
>>>> of the other information currently presented in /proc/<pid>/numa_maps. The
>>>> additional information included is for convenience. If this is not
>>>> preferred, the patch could be modified to just provide VA range to numa node
>>>> information as the rest of the information is already available thru
>>>> /proc/<pid>/numa_maps file.
>>>> Since the VA range to numa node information does not include page's PFN,
>>>> reading this file will not be restricted(i.e requiring CAP_SYS_ADMIN).
>>>> Here is the snippet from the new file content showing the format.
>>>> 00400000-00401000 N0=1 kernelpagesize_kB=4 mapped=1 file=/tmp/hmap2
>>>> 00600000-00601000 N0=1 kernelpagesize_kB=4 anon=1 dirty=1 file=/tmp/hmap2
>>>> 00601000-00602000 N0=1 kernelpagesize_kB=4 anon=1 dirty=1 file=/tmp/hmap2
>>>> 7f0215600000-7f0215800000 N0=1 kernelpagesize_kB=2048 dirty=1 file=/mnt/f1
>>>> 7f0215800000-7f0215c00000 - file=/mnt/f1
>>>> 7f0215c00000-7f0215e00000 N0=1 kernelpagesize_kB=2048 dirty=1 file=/mnt/f1
>>>> 7f0215e00000-7f0216200000 - file=/mnt/f1
>>>> ..
>>>> 7f0217ecb000-7f0217f20000 N0=85 kernelpagesize_kB=4 mapped=85 mapmax=51
>>>> file=/usr/lib64/
>>>> 7f0217f20000-7f0217f30000 - file=/usr/lib64/
>>>> 7f0217f30000-7f0217f90000 N0=96 kernelpagesize_kB=4 mapped=96 mapmax=51
>>>> file=/usr/lib64/
>>>> 7f0217f90000-7f0217fb0000 - file=/usr/lib64/
>>>> ..
>>>> The 'pmap' command can be enhanced to include an option to show numa node
>>>> information which it can read from this new proc file. This will be a
>>>> follow on proposal.
>>> I'd like to hear rather more about the use-cases for this new
>>> interface. Why do people need it, what is the end-user benefit, etc?
>> This is mainly for debugging / performance analysis. Oracle Database
>> team is looking to use this information.
> But we do have an interface to query (e.g. move_pages) that your
> application can use. I am really worried that the broken out per node
> data can be really large (just take a large vma with interleaved policy
> as an example). So is this really worth adding as a general purpose proc
> interface?

I guess move_pages could be useful. There needs to be a tool or
command which can read the numa node information using move_pages
to be used to observe another process.

From an observability point of view, one of the use of the proposed
new file 'numa_vamaps' was to modify 'pmap' command to display numa
node information broken down by address ranges. Would having pmap
show numa node information be useful?

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