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SubjectRe: [RFC Patch] mm/vmscan.c: not inherit classzone_idx from previous reclaim
On Tue, Feb 11, 2020 at 10:42:23AM +0000, Mel Gorman wrote:
>On Sun, Feb 09, 2020 at 03:41:45PM +0800, Wei Yang wrote:
>> Before commit e716f2eb24de ("mm, vmscan: prevent kswapd sleeping
>> prematurely due to mismatched classzone_idx"), classzone_idx could have
>> two possibilities on a new loop based on whether there is a wakeup
>> during reclaiming:
>> * 0 if no wakeup
>> * the classzone_idx request by wakeup
>> As described in the changelog, this commit is willing to change the
>> first case to (MAX_NR_ZONES - 1) to avoid some premature sleep. But it
>> does not achieve the goal.
>> There are two versions of kswapd_classzone_idx() since this change:
>> * commit e716f2eb24de ("mm, vmscan: prevent kswapd sleeping
>> prematurely due to mismatched classzone_idx")
>> * commit dffcac2cb88e ("mm/vmscan.c: prevent useless kswapd loops")
>> Both of them would return the classzone_idx we passed as the 2nd
>> parameter when (pgdat->kswapd_classzone_idx == MAX_NR_ZONES). This
>> means if there is no wakeup during reclaiming, we would use
>> classzone_idx in previous round to sleep.
>This is somewhat intended.
>> This patch fixes the logic by using (MAX_NR_ZONES - 1) for the first
>> case.
>Ok, what is the user-visible impact that is fixed by this patch or is
>this based on code review only? Please describe the test case exactly
>and the before and after results. I ask because this area is a magnet for
>regressions and intuitive ideas often lead to counter-intuitive results.

This is based on code review only. I know your concern. This is an area more
like art then engineering :-)

Would you mind sharing some idea why we intend to inherit the classzone_idx?
And for kswapd_order, we would restart at 0 if no wakeup during reclaim.

I am curious about the idea behind this design :-)

>Mel Gorman
>SUSE Labs

Wei Yang
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