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SubjectRe: [PATCH v3] mm: fix tick timer stall during deferred page init

On 2020/3/27 03:36, Pavel Tatashin wrote:
> I agree with Daniel, we should look into approach where
> pgdat_resize_lock is taken only for the duration of updating tracking
> values such as pgdat->first_deferred_pfn (perhaps we would need to add
> another tracker that would show chunks that are currently being worked
> on).
> The vast duration of struct page initialization process should happen
> outside of this lock, and only be taken when we update globally seen
> data structures: lists, tracking variables. This way we can solve
> several problems: 1. allow interrupt threads to grow zones if
> required. 2. keep jiffies happy. 3. allow future scaling when we will
> add inner node threads to initialize struct pages (i.e. ktasks from
> Daniel).

It make sense, looking forward to the inner node parallel init.

Is there schedule about ktasks?


> Pasha
> On Thu, Mar 26, 2020 at 2:58 PM Daniel Jordan
> <> wrote:
>> On Thu, Mar 19, 2020 at 03:05:12PM -0400, Daniel Jordan wrote:
>>> Regardless,
>>> Reviewed-by: Daniel Jordan <>
>> Darn, I spoke too soon.
>> On a two-socket Xeon, smaller values of TICK_PAGE_COUNT caused the deferred
>> init timestamp to grow by over 25%. This was with pgdatinit0 bound to the
>> timer interrupt CPU to make sure the issue always reproduces.
>> TICK_PAGE_COUNT node 0 deferred
>> init time (ms)
>> --------------- ---------------
>> 4096 610
>> 8192 587
>> 16384 487
>> 32768 480 // used in the patch
>> Instead of trying to find a constant that lets the timer interrupt run often
>> enough, I think a better way forward is to reconsider how we handle the resize
>> lock. I plan to prototype something and reply back with what I get.

Yes, the time spend of pages init depends on the CPU frequency,
and the jiffies update controlled by HZ, so it's hard to find a general

It seems we need a bigger refactors about the lock to get a better solution.

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