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SubjectRe: [PATCH] mm,page_alloc,cma: conditionally prefer cma pageblocks for movable allocations
On Wed, Mar 11, 2020 at 09:51:07AM +0100, Vlastimil Babka wrote:
> On 3/6/20 9:01 PM, Rik van Riel wrote:
> > Posting this one for Roman so I can deal with any upstream feedback and
> > create a v2 if needed, while scratching my head over the next piece of
> > this puzzle :)
> >
> > ---8<---
> >
> > From: Roman Gushchin <>
> >
> > Currently a cma area is barely used by the page allocator because
> > it's used only as a fallback from movable, however kswapd tries
> > hard to make sure that the fallback path isn't used.
> Few years ago Joonsoo wanted to fix these kinds of weird MIGRATE_CMA corner
> cases by using ZONE_MOVABLE instead [1]. Unfortunately it was reverted due to
> unresolved bugs. Perhaps the idea could be resurrected now?

Hi Vlastimil!

Thank you for this reminder! I actually looked at it and also asked Joonsoo in private
about the state of this patch(set). As I understand, Joonsoo plans to resubmit
it later this year.

What Rik and I are suggesting seems to be much simpler, however it's perfectly
possible that Joonsoo's solution is preferable long-term.

So if the proposed patch looks ok for now, I'd suggest to go with it and return
to this question once we'll have a new version of ZONE_MOVABLE solution.


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