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SubjectRe: [PATCH 16/25] mm, compaction: Check early for huge pages encountered by the migration scanner
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On 1/4/19 1:50 PM, Mel Gorman wrote:
> When scanning for sources or targets, PageCompound is checked for huge
> pages as they can be skipped quickly but it happens relatively late after
> a lot of setup and checking. This patch short-cuts the check to make it
> earlier. It might still change when the lock is acquired but this has
> less overhead overall. The free scanner advances but the migration scanner
> does not. Typically the free scanner encounters more movable blocks that
> change state over the lifetime of the system and also tends to scan more
> aggressively as it's actively filling its portion of the physical address
> space with data. This could change in the future but for the moment,
> this worked better in practice and incurred fewer scan restarts.
>
> The impact on latency and allocation success rates is marginal but the
> free scan rates are reduced by 32% and system CPU usage is reduced by
> 2.6%. The 2-socket results are not materially different.

Hmm, interesting that adjusting migrate scanner affected free scanner. Oh well.

> Signed-off-by: Mel Gorman <mgorman@techsingularity.net>

Acked-by: Vlastimil Babka <vbabka@suse.cz>

Nit below.

> ---
> mm/compaction.c | 16 ++++++++++++----
> 1 file changed, 12 insertions(+), 4 deletions(-)
>
> diff --git a/mm/compaction.c b/mm/compaction.c
> index 608d274f9880..921720f7a416 100644
> --- a/mm/compaction.c
> +++ b/mm/compaction.c
> @@ -1071,6 +1071,9 @@ static bool suitable_migration_source(struct compact_control *cc,
> {
> int block_mt;
>
> + if (pageblock_skip_persistent(page))
> + return false;
> +
> if ((cc->mode != MIGRATE_ASYNC) || !cc->direct_compaction)
> return true;
>
> @@ -1693,12 +1696,17 @@ static isolate_migrate_t isolate_migratepages(struct zone *zone,
> continue;
>
> /*
> - * For async compaction, also only scan in MOVABLE blocks.
> - * Async compaction is optimistic to see if the minimum amount
> - * of work satisfies the allocation.
> + * For async compaction, also only scan in MOVABLE blocks
> + * without huge pages. Async compaction is optimistic to see
> + * if the minimum amount of work satisfies the allocation.
> + * The cached PFN is updated as it's possible that all
> + * remaining blocks between source and target are suitable

^ unsuitable?

> + * and the compaction scanners fail to meet.
> */
> - if (!suitable_migration_source(cc, page))
> + if (!suitable_migration_source(cc, page)) {
> + update_cached_migrate(cc, block_end_pfn);
> continue;
> + }
>
> /* Perform the isolation */
> low_pfn = isolate_migratepages_block(cc, low_pfn,
>

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