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SubjectRe: [RFC for Linux] virtio_balloon: Add VIRTIO_BALLOON_F_THP_ORDER to handle THP spilt issue
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On 31.03.20 16:29, David Hildenbrand wrote:
> On 31.03.20 16:18, Michael S. Tsirkin wrote:
>> On Tue, Mar 31, 2020 at 04:09:59PM +0200, David Hildenbrand wrote:
>>
>> ...
>>
>>>>>>>>>>>>>> So if we want to address this, IMHO this calls for a new API.
>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Along the lines of
>>>>>>>>>>>>>>
>>>>>>>>>>>>>> struct page *alloc_page_range(gfp_t gfp, unsigned int min_order,
>>>>>>>>>>>>>> unsigned int max_order, unsigned int *order)
>>>>>>>>>>>>>>
>>>>>>>>>>>>>> the idea would then be to return at a number of pages in the given
>>>>>>>>>>>>>> range.
>>>>>>>>>>>>>>
>>>>>>>>>>>>>> What do you think? Want to try implementing that?
>>
>> ..
>>
>>> I expect the whole "steal huge pages from your guest" to be problematic,
>>> as I already mentioned to Alex. This needs a performance evaluation.
>>>
>>> This all smells like a lot of workload dependent fine-tuning. :)
>>
>>
>> So that's why I proposed the API above.
>>
>> The idea is that *if we are allocating a huge page anyway*,
>> rather than break it up let's send it whole to the device.
>> If we have smaller pages, return smaller pages.
>>
>
> Sorry, I still fail to see why you cannot do that with my version of
> balloon_pages_alloc(). But maybe I haven't understood the magic you
> expect to happen in alloc_page_range() :)
>
> It's just going via a different inflate queue once we have that page, as
> I stated in front of my draft patch "but with an
> optimized reporting interface".
>
>> That seems like it would always be an improvement, whatever the
>> workload.
>>
>
> Don't think so. Assume there are plenty of 4k pages lying around. It
> might actually be *bad* for guest performance if you take a huge page
> instead of all the leftover 4k pages that cannot be merged. Only at the
> point where you would want to break a bigger page up and report it in
> pieces, where it would definitely make no difference.

I just understood what you mean :) and now it makes sense - it avoids
exactly that. Basically

1. Try to allocate order-0. No split necessary? return the page
2. Try to allocate order-1. No split necessary? return the page
...

up to MAX_ORDER - 1.

Yeah, I guess this will need a new kernel API.


--
Thanks,

David / dhildenb

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