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SubjectRe: [PATCH] mm: thp: remove use_zero_page sysfs knob
On Sat, 21 Jul 2018, Matthew Wilcox wrote:

> > The huge zero page can be reclaimed under memory pressure and, if it is,
> > it is attempted to be allocted again with gfp flags that attempt memory
> > compaction that can become expensive. If we are constantly under memory
> > pressure, it gets freed and reallocated millions of times always trying to
> > compact memory both directly and by kicking kcompactd in the background.
> >
> > It likely should also be per node.
>
> Have you benchmarked making the non-huge zero page per-node?
>

Not since we disable it :) I will, though. The more concerning issue for
us, modulo CVE-2017-1000405, is the cpu cost of constantly directly
compacting memory for allocating the hzp in real time after it has been
reclaimed. We've observed this happening tens or hundreds of thousands
of times on some systems. It will be 2MB per node on x86 if the data
suggests we should make it NUMA aware, I don't think the cost is too high
to leave it persistently available even under memory pressure if
use_zero_page is enabled.

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