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SubjectRe: [RFC 3/7] mm: introduce MADV_COLD
On Tue, May 21, 2019 at 08:08:20AM +0200, Michal Hocko wrote:
> On Tue 21-05-19 08:00:38, Minchan Kim wrote:
> > On Mon, May 20, 2019 at 10:27:03AM +0200, Michal Hocko wrote:
> > > [Cc linux-api]
> > >
> > > On Mon 20-05-19 12:52:50, Minchan Kim wrote:
> > > > When a process expects no accesses to a certain memory range
> > > > for a long time, it could hint kernel that the pages can be
> > > > reclaimed instantly but data should be preserved for future use.
> > > > This could reduce workingset eviction so it ends up increasing
> > > > performance.
> > > >
> > > > This patch introduces the new MADV_COLD hint to madvise(2)
> > > > syscall. MADV_COLD can be used by a process to mark a memory range
> > > > as not expected to be used for a long time. The hint can help
> > > > kernel in deciding which pages to evict proactively.
> > >
> > > As mentioned in other email this looks like a non-destructive
> > > MADV_DONTNEED alternative.
> > >
> > > > Internally, it works via reclaiming memory in process context
> > > > the syscall is called. If the page is dirty but backing storage
> > > > is not synchronous device, the written page will be rotate back
> > > > into LRU's tail once the write is done so they will reclaim easily
> > > > when memory pressure happens. If backing storage is
> > > > synchrnous device(e.g., zram), hte page will be reclaimed instantly.
> > >
> > > Why do we special case async backing storage? Please always try to
> > > explain _why_ the decision is made.
> >
> > I didn't make any decesion. ;-) That's how current reclaim works to
> > avoid latency of freeing page in interrupt context. I had a patchset
> > to resolve the concern a few years ago but got distracted.
>
> Please articulate that in the changelog then. Or even do not go into
> implementation details and stick with - reuse the current reclaim
> implementation. If you call out some of the specific details you are
> risking people will start depending on them. The fact that this reuses
> the currect reclaim logic is enough from the review point of view
> because we know that there is no additional special casing to worry
> about.

I should have clarified. I will remove those lines in respin.

> --
> Michal Hocko
> SUSE Labs

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