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SubjectRe: [PATCH][v2] page_pool: handle page recycle for NUMA_NO_NODE condition
On Tue 17-12-19 10:11:12, Yunsheng Lin wrote:
> On 2019/12/16 21:21, Ilias Apalodimas wrote:
> > On Mon, Dec 16, 2019 at 02:08:45PM +0100, Michal Hocko wrote:
> >> On Mon 16-12-19 14:34:26, Ilias Apalodimas wrote:
> >>> Hi Michal,
> >>> On Mon, Dec 16, 2019 at 01:15:57PM +0100, Michal Hocko wrote:
> >>>> On Thu 12-12-19 09:34:14, Yunsheng Lin wrote:
> >>>>> +CC Michal, Peter, Greg and Bjorn
> >>>>> Because there has been disscusion about where and how the NUMA_NO_NODE
> >>>>> should be handled before.
> >>>>
> >>>> I do not have a full context. What is the question here?
> >>>
> >>> When we allocate pages for the page_pool API, during the init, the driver writer
> >>> decides which NUMA node to use. The API can, in some cases recycle the memory,
> >>> instead of freeing it and re-allocating it. If the NUMA node has changed (irq
> >>> affinity for example), we forbid recycling and free the memory, since recycling
> >>> and using memory on far NUMA nodes is more expensive (more expensive than
> >>> recycling, at least on the architectures we tried anyway).
> >>> Since this would be expensive to do it per packet, the burden falls on the
> >>> driver writer for that. Drivers *have* to call page_pool_update_nid() or
> >>> page_pool_nid_changed() if they want to check for that which runs once
> >>> per NAPI cycle.
> >>
> >> Thanks for the clarification.
> >>
> >>> The current code in the API though does not account for NUMA_NO_NODE. That's
> >>> what this is trying to fix.
> >>> If the page_pool params are initialized with that, we *never* recycle
> >>> the memory. This is happening because the API is allocating memory with
> >>> 'nid = numa_mem_id()' if NUMA_NO_NODE is configured so the current if statement
> >>> 'page_to_nid(page) == pool->p.nid' will never trigger.
> >>
> >> OK. There is no explicit mention of the expected behavior for
> >> NUMA_NO_NODE. The semantic is usually that there is no NUMA placement
> >> requirement and the MM code simply starts the allocate from a local node
> >> in that case. But the memory might come from any node so there is no
> >> "local node" guarantee.
> >>
> >> So the main question is what is the expected semantic? Do people expect
> >> that NUMA_NO_NODE implies locality? Why don't you simply always reuse
> >> when there was no explicit numa requirement?
> For driver that has not supported page pool yet, NUMA_NO_NODE seems to
> imply locality, see [1].

Which is kinda awkward, no? Is there any reason for __dev_alloc_pages to
not use numa_mem_id explicitly when the local node affinity is required?
There is not real guarantee that NUMA_NO_NODE is going to imply local
node and we do not want to grow any subtle dependency on that behavior.

> And for those drivers, locality is decided by rx interrupt affinity, not
> dev_to_node(). So when rx interrupt affinity changes, the old page from old
> node will not be recycled(by checking page_to_nid(page) == numa_mem_id()),
> new pages will be allocated to replace the old pages and the new pages will
> be recycled because allocation and recycling happens in the same context,
> which means numa_mem_id() returns the same node of new page allocated, see
> [2].

Well, but my understanding is that the generic page pool implementation
has a clear means to change the affinity (namely page_pool_update_nid()).
So my primary question is, why does NUMA_NO_NODE should be use as a
bypass for that?
Michal Hocko

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