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SubjectRe: [RFC] memory_hotplug: Free pages as pageblock_order
On 2018-09-14 14:40, Michal Hocko wrote:
> On Wed 12-09-18 20:12:30, Arun KS wrote:
>> On 2018-09-12 18:47, Michal Hocko wrote:
>> > On Wed 12-09-18 22:57:43, Balbir Singh wrote:
>> > > On Wed, Sep 12, 2018 at 12:38:53PM +0200, Michal Hocko wrote:
>> > > > On Wed 12-09-18 14:56:45, Arun KS wrote:
>> > > > > When free pages are done with pageblock_order, time spend on
>> > > > > coalescing pages by buddy allocator can be reduced. With
>> > > > > section size of 256MB, hot add latency of a single section
>> > > > > shows improvement from 50-60 ms to less than 1 ms, hence
>> > > > > improving the hot add latency by 60%.
>> > > >
>> > > > Where does the improvement come from? You are still doing the same
>> > > > amount of work except that the number of callbacks is lower. Is this the
>> > > > real source of 60% improvement?
>> > > >
>> > >
>> > > It looks like only the first page of the pageblock is initialized, is
>> > > some of the cost amortized in terms of doing one initialization for
>> > > the page with order (order) and then relying on split_page and helpers
>> > > to do the rest? Of course the number of callbacks reduce by a
>> > > significant
>> > > number as well.
>> >
>> > Ohh, I have missed that part. Now when re-reading I can see the reason
>> > for the perf improvement. It is most likely the higher order free which
>> > ends up being much cheaper. This part makes some sense.
>> >
>> > How much is this feasible is another question. Do not forget we have
>> > those external providers of the online callback and those would need to
>> > be updated as well.
>> Sure Michal, I ll look into this.
>>
>> >
>> > Btw. the normal memmap init code path does the same per-page free as
>> > well. If we really want to speed the hotplug path then I guess the init
>> > one would see a bigger improvement and those two should be in sync.
>> Thanks for pointers, Will look further.
>
> I haven't looked closer and I will be travelling next week so just
> hint.
> Have a look at the nobootmem and how it frees pages to the page
> allocator in __free_pages_boot_core. Seems exactly what you want and it
> also answers your question about reference counting.

Thanks Michal. Will send a new version after testing.

Regards,
Arun

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