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SubjectRe: [PATCH v2 4/5] mm: introduce MADV_PAGEOUT
On Mon 10-06-19 20:12:51, Minchan Kim wrote:
[...]
> +static int madvise_pageout_pte_range(pmd_t *pmd, unsigned long addr,
> + unsigned long end, struct mm_walk *walk)

Again the same question about a potential code reuse...
[...]
> +regular_page:
> + tlb_change_page_size(tlb, PAGE_SIZE);
> + orig_pte = pte = pte_offset_map_lock(vma->vm_mm, pmd, addr, &ptl);
> + flush_tlb_batched_pending(mm);
> + arch_enter_lazy_mmu_mode();
> + for (; addr < end; pte++, addr += PAGE_SIZE) {
> + ptent = *pte;
> + if (!pte_present(ptent))
> + continue;
> +
> + page = vm_normal_page(vma, addr, ptent);
> + if (!page)
> + continue;
> +
> + if (isolate_lru_page(page))
> + continue;
> +
> + isolated++;
> + if (pte_young(ptent)) {
> + ptent = ptep_get_and_clear_full(mm, addr, pte,
> + tlb->fullmm);
> + ptent = pte_mkold(ptent);
> + set_pte_at(mm, addr, pte, ptent);
> + tlb_remove_tlb_entry(tlb, pte, addr);
> + }
> + ClearPageReferenced(page);
> + test_and_clear_page_young(page);
> + list_add(&page->lru, &page_list);
> + if (isolated >= SWAP_CLUSTER_MAX) {

Why do we need SWAP_CLUSTER_MAX batching? Especially when we need ...
[...]

> +unsigned long reclaim_pages(struct list_head *page_list)
> +{
> + int nid = -1;
> + unsigned long nr_reclaimed = 0;
> + LIST_HEAD(node_page_list);
> + struct reclaim_stat dummy_stat;
> + struct scan_control sc = {
> + .gfp_mask = GFP_KERNEL,
> + .priority = DEF_PRIORITY,
> + .may_writepage = 1,
> + .may_unmap = 1,
> + .may_swap = 1,
> + };
> +
> + while (!list_empty(page_list)) {
> + struct page *page;
> +
> + page = lru_to_page(page_list);
> + if (nid == -1) {
> + nid = page_to_nid(page);
> + INIT_LIST_HEAD(&node_page_list);
> + }
> +
> + if (nid == page_to_nid(page)) {
> + list_move(&page->lru, &node_page_list);
> + continue;
> + }
> +
> + nr_reclaimed += shrink_page_list(&node_page_list,
> + NODE_DATA(nid),
> + &sc, 0,
> + &dummy_stat, false);

per-node batching in fact. Other than that nothing really jumped at me.
Except for the shared page cache side channel timing aspect not being
considered AFAICS. To be more specific. Pushing out a shared page cache
is possible even now but this interface gives a much easier tool to
evict shared state and perform all sorts of timing attacks. Unless I am
missing something we should be doing something similar to mincore and
ignore shared pages without a writeable access or at least document why
we do not care.
--
Michal Hocko
SUSE Labs

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