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SubjectRe: [Xen-devel] [PATCH v7 2/3] xen/blkback: Squeeze page pools if a memory pressure is detected
On Fri, Dec 13, 2019 at 10:33 AM Jürgen Groß <jgross@suse.com> wrote:
>
> On 13.12.19 10:27, Roger Pau Monné wrote:
> > On Thu, Dec 12, 2019 at 05:06:58PM +0100, SeongJae Park wrote:
> >> On Thu, 12 Dec 2019 16:27:57 +0100 "Roger Pau Monné" <roger.pau@citrix.com> wrote:
> >>
> >>>> diff --git a/drivers/block/xen-blkback/blkback.c b/drivers/block/xen-blkback/blkback.c
> >>>> index fd1e19f1a49f..98823d150905 100644
> >>>> --- a/drivers/block/xen-blkback/blkback.c
> >>>> +++ b/drivers/block/xen-blkback/blkback.c
> >>>> @@ -142,6 +142,21 @@ static inline bool persistent_gnt_timeout(struct persistent_gnt *persistent_gnt)
> >>>> HZ * xen_blkif_pgrant_timeout);
> >>>> }
> >>>>
> >>>> +/* Once a memory pressure is detected, squeeze free page pools for a while. */
> >>>> +static unsigned int buffer_squeeze_duration_ms = 10;
> >>>> +module_param_named(buffer_squeeze_duration_ms,
> >>>> + buffer_squeeze_duration_ms, int, 0644);
> >>>> +MODULE_PARM_DESC(buffer_squeeze_duration_ms,
> >>>> +"Duration in ms to squeeze pages buffer when a memory pressure is detected");
> >>>> +
> >>>> +static unsigned long buffer_squeeze_end;
> >>>> +
> >>>> +void xen_blkbk_reclaim_memory(struct xenbus_device *dev)
> >>>> +{
> >>>> + buffer_squeeze_end = jiffies +
> >>>> + msecs_to_jiffies(buffer_squeeze_duration_ms);
> >>>
> >>> I'm not sure this is fully correct. This function will be called for
> >>> each blkback instance, but the timeout is stored in a global variable
> >>> that's shared between all blkback instances. Shouldn't this timeout be
> >>> stored in xen_blkif so each instance has it's own local variable?
> >>>
> >>> Or else in the case you have 1k blkback instances the timeout is
> >>> certainly going to be longer than expected, because each call to
> >>> xen_blkbk_reclaim_memory will move it forward.
> >>
> >> Agreed that. I think the extended timeout would not make a visible
> >> performance, though, because the time that 1k-loop take would be short enough
> >> to be ignored compared to the millisecond-scope duration.
> >>
> >> I took this way because I wanted to minimize such structural changes as far as
> >> I can, as this is just a point-fix rather than ultimate solution. That said,
> >> it is not fully correct and very confusing. My another colleague also pointed
> >> out it in internal review. Correct solution would be to adding a variable in
> >> the struct as you suggested or avoiding duplicated update of the variable by
> >> initializing the variable once the squeezing duration passes. I would prefer
> >> the later way, as it is more straightforward and still not introducing
> >> structural change. For example, it might be like below:
> >>
> >> diff --git a/drivers/block/xen-blkback/blkback.c b/drivers/block/xen-blkback/blkback.c
> >> index f41c698dd854..6856c8ef88de 100644
> >> --- a/drivers/block/xen-blkback/blkback.c
> >> +++ b/drivers/block/xen-blkback/blkback.c
> >> @@ -152,8 +152,9 @@ static unsigned long buffer_squeeze_end;
> >>
> >> void xen_blkbk_reclaim_memory(struct xenbus_device *dev)
> >> {
> >> - buffer_squeeze_end = jiffies +
> >> - msecs_to_jiffies(buffer_squeeze_duration_ms);
> >> + if (!buffer_squeeze_end)
> >> + buffer_squeeze_end = jiffies +
> >> + msecs_to_jiffies(buffer_squeeze_duration_ms);
> >> }
> >>
> >> static inline int get_free_page(struct xen_blkif_ring *ring, struct page **page)
> >> @@ -669,10 +670,13 @@ int xen_blkif_schedule(void *arg)
> >> }
> >>
> >> /* Shrink the free pages pool if it is too large. */
> >> - if (time_before(jiffies, buffer_squeeze_end))
> >> + if (time_before(jiffies, buffer_squeeze_end)) {
> >> shrink_free_pagepool(ring, 0);
> >> - else
> >> + } else {
> >> + if (unlikely(buffer_squeeze_end))
> >> + buffer_squeeze_end = 0;
> >> shrink_free_pagepool(ring, max_buffer_pages);
> >> + }
> >>
> >> if (log_stats && time_after(jiffies, ring->st_print))
> >> print_stats(ring);
> >>
> >> May I ask you what way would you prefer?
> >
> > I'm not particularly found of this approach, as I think it's racy. Ie:
> > you would have to add some kind of lock to make sure the contents of
> > buffer_squeeze_end stay unmodified during the read and set cycle, or
> > else xen_blkif_schedule will race with xen_blkbk_reclaim_memory.
> >
> > This is likely not a big deal ATM since the code will work as
> > expected in most cases AFAICT, but I would still prefer to have a
> > per-instance buffer_squeeze_end added to xen_blkif, given that the
> > callback is per-instance. I wouldn't call it a structural change, it's
> > just adding a variable to a struct instead of having a shared one, but
> > the code is almost the same as the current version.
>
> FWIW, I agree.

Agreed, will send v8 soon!


Thanks,
SeongJae Park

>
>
> Juergen

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