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SubjectRe: [mm/page_alloc] 8212a964ee: vm-scalability.throughput 30.5% improvement
On Sun, Mar 13, 2022 at 1:29 AM Vlastimil Babka <vbabka@suse.cz> wrote:
>
> On 3/13/22 00:26, Eric Dumazet wrote:
> > On Sat, Mar 12, 2022 at 10:59 AM Vlastimil Babka <vbabka@suse.cz> wrote:
> >>
> >> On 3/12/22 16:43, kernel test robot wrote:
> >>>
> >>>
> >>> Greeting,
> >>>
> >>> FYI, we noticed a 30.5% improvement of vm-scalability.throughput due to commit:
> >>>
> >>>
> >>> commit: 8212a964ee020471104e34dce7029dec33c218a9 ("Re: [PATCH v2] mm/page_alloc: call check_new_pages() while zone spinlock is not held")
> >>> url: https://github.com/0day-ci/linux/commits/Mel-Gorman/Re-PATCH-v2-mm-page_alloc-call-check_new_pages-while-zone-spinlock-is-not-held/20220309-203504
> >>> patch link: https://lore.kernel.org/lkml/20220309123245.GI15701@techsingularity.net
> >>
> >> Heh, that's weird. I would expect some improvement from Eric's patch,
> >> but this seems to be actually about Mel's "mm/page_alloc: check
> >> high-order pages for corruption during PCP operations" applied directly
> >> on 5.17-rc7 per the github url above. This was rather expected to make
> >> performance worse if anything, so maybe the improvement is due to some
> >> unexpected side-effect of different inlining decisions or cache alignment...
> >>
> >
> > I doubt this has anything to do with inlining or cache alignment.
> >
> > I am not familiar with the benchmark, but its name
> > (anon-w-rand-hugetlb) hints at hugetlb ?
> >
> > After Mel fix, we go over 512 'struct page' to perform sanity checks,
> > thus loading into cpu caches the 512 cache lines.
>
> Ah, that's true.
>
> > This caching is done while no lock is held.
>
> But I don't think this is. The test was AFAICS done without your patch,
> so the lock is still held in rmqueue(). And it's also held in
> rmqueue_bulk() -> check_pcp_refill().

Note that Mel patch touches both check_pcp_refill() and check_new_pcp()

__rmqueue_pcplist() definitely calls check_new_pcp() while the zone
spinlock is _not_ held.

Note that it is possible to defer calls to check_pcp_refill after the
spinlock is released.

Untested patch:

diff --git a/mm/page_alloc.c b/mm/page_alloc.c
index 1804287c1b792b8aa0e964b17eb002b6b1115258..3c504b4c068a5dbeeaf8f386bb09b673236f7a11
100644
--- a/mm/page_alloc.c
+++ b/mm/page_alloc.c
@@ -3024,6 +3024,7 @@ static int rmqueue_bulk(struct zone *zone,
unsigned int order,
unsigned long count, struct list_head *list,
int migratetype, unsigned int alloc_flags)
{
+ struct page *page, *tmp;
int i, allocated = 0;

/*
@@ -3032,14 +3033,10 @@ static int rmqueue_bulk(struct zone *zone,
unsigned int order,
*/
spin_lock(&zone->lock);
for (i = 0; i < count; ++i) {
- struct page *page = __rmqueue(zone, order, migratetype,
- alloc_flags);
+ page = __rmqueue(zone, order, migratetype, alloc_flags);
if (unlikely(page == NULL))
break;

- if (unlikely(check_pcp_refill(page)))
- continue;
-
/*
* Split buddy pages returned by expand() are received here in
* physical page order. The page is added to the tail of
@@ -3065,6 +3062,12 @@ static int rmqueue_bulk(struct zone *zone,
unsigned int order,
*/
__mod_zone_page_state(zone, NR_FREE_PAGES, -(i << order));
spin_unlock(&zone->lock);
+ list_for_each_entry_safe(page, tmp, list, lru) {
+ if (unlikely(check_pcp_refill(page))) {
+ list_del(&page->lru);
+ allocated--;
+ }
+ }
return allocated;
}
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