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SubjectRe: [PATCH RFC v4 12/13] mm/vmscan: Export drop_slab() and drop_slab_node()
On 25.02.20 15:58, Michal Hocko wrote:
> On Thu 12-12-19 18:11:36, David Hildenbrand wrote:
>> We already have a way to trigger reclaiming of all reclaimable slab objects
>> from user space (echo 2 > /proc/sys/vm/drop_caches). Let's allow drivers
>> to also trigger this when they really want to make progress and know what
>> they are doing.
> I cannot say I would be fan of this. This is a global action with user
> visible performance impact. I am worried that we will find out that all
> sorts of drivers have a very good idea that dropping slab caches is
> going to help their problem whatever it is. We have seen the same patter
> in the userspace already and that is the reason we are logging the usage
> to the log and count invocations in the counter.

Yeah, I decided to hold back patch 11-13 for the v1 (which I am planning
to post in March after more testing). What we really want is to make
memory offlining an alloc_contig_range() work better with reclaimable

>> virtio-mem wants to use these functions when it failed to unplug memory
>> for quite some time (e.g., after 30 minutes). It will then try to
>> free up reclaimable objects by dropping the slab caches every now and
>> then (e.g., every 30 minutes) as long as necessary. There will be a way to
>> disable this feature and info messages will be logged.
>> In the future, we want to have a drop_slab_range() functionality
>> instead. Memory offlining code has similar demands and also other
>> alloc_contig_range() users (e.g., gigantic pages) could make good use of
>> this feature. Adding it, however, requires more work/thought.
> We already do have a memory_notify(MEM_GOING_OFFLINE) for that purpose
> and slab allocator implements a callback (slab_mem_going_offline_callback).
> The callback is quite dumb and it doesn't really try to free objects
> from the given memory range or even try to drop active objects which
> might turn out to be hard but this sounds like a more robust way to
> achieve what you want.

Two things:

1. memory_notify(MEM_GOING_OFFLINE) is called after trying to isolate
the page range and checking if we only have movable pages. Won't help
much I guess.

2. alloc_contig_range() won't benefit from that.

Something like drop_slab_range() would be better, and calling it from
the right spots in the core (e.g., set_migratetype_isolate() see below).

Especially, have a look at mm/page_isolation.c:set_migratetype_isolate()

"FIXME: Now, memory hotplug doesn't call shrink_slab() by itself. We
just check MOVABLE pages."


David / dhildenb

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