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SubjectRe: [PATCH] delayacct: track delays from ksm cow
On Thu, Mar 17, 2022 at 09:17:13AM +0100, David Hildenbrand wrote:
> On 17.03.22 03:03, CGEL wrote:
> > On Wed, Mar 16, 2022 at 03:56:23PM +0100, David Hildenbrand wrote:
> >> On 16.03.22 14:34, cgel.zte@gmail.com wrote:
> >>> From: Yang Yang <yang.yang29@zte.com.cn>
> >>>
> >>> Delay accounting does not track the delay of ksm cow. When tasks
> >>> have many ksm pages, it may spend a amount of time waiting for ksm
> >>> cow.
> >>>
> >>> To get the impact of tasks in ksm cow, measure the delay when ksm
> >>> cow happens. This could help users to decide whether to user ksm
> >>> or not.
> >>>
> >>> Also update tools/accounting/getdelays.c:
> >>>
> >>> / # ./getdelays -dl -p 231
> >>> print delayacct stats ON
> >>> listen forever
> >>> PID 231
> >>>
> >>> CPU count real total virtual total delay total delay average
> >>> 6247 1859000000 2154070021 1674255063 0.268ms
> >>> IO count delay total delay average
> >>> 0 0 0ms
> >>> SWAP count delay total delay average
> >>> 0 0 0ms
> >>> RECLAIM count delay total delay average
> >>> 0 0 0ms
> >>> THRASHING count delay total delay average
> >>> 0 0 0ms
> >>> KSM count delay total delay average
> >>> 3635 271567604 0ms
> >>>
> >>
> >> TBH I'm not sure how particularly helpful this is and if we want this.
> >>
> > Thanks for replying.
> >
> > Users may use ksm by calling madvise(, , MADV_MERGEABLE) when they want
> > save memory, it's a tradeoff by suffering delay on ksm cow. Users can
> > get to know how much memory ksm saved by reading
> > /sys/kernel/mm/ksm/pages_sharing, but they don't know what the costs of
> > ksm cow delay, and this is important of some delay sensitive tasks. If
> > users know both saved memory and ksm cow delay, they could better use
> > madvise(, , MADV_MERGEABLE).
>
> But that happens after the effects, no?
>
> IOW a user already called madvise(, , MADV_MERGEABLE) and then gets the
> results.
>
Image user are developing or porting their applications on experiment
machine, they could takes those benchmark as feedback to adjust whether
to use madvise(, , MADV_MERGEABLE) or it's range.

> So how is this interface useful except for somebody writing an
> application and simply being able to benchmark it with vs. without
> MADV_MERGEABLE?
>
> --
> Thanks,
>
> David / dhildenb

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