Re: [PATCH] 0/2 Buddy allocator with placement policy (Version 9)+ prezeroing (Version 4)

From: Dave Hansen
Date: Thu Mar 10 2005 - 12:51:59 EST

On Thu, 2005-03-10 at 14:31 +0000, Mel Gorman wrote:
> > > There are 2 kinds of sections: user and kernel. The traditional
> > > ZONE_HIGHMEM is full of user sections (except for vmalloc).
> And PTEs if configured to be allocated from high memory. I have not double
> checked but I don't think they can be trivially reclaimed.

We've run into a couple of these pieces of highmem that can't be
reclaimed. The latest one are pages for the new pipe buffers. We could
code these up with a flag something like __GFP_HIGHMEM_NORCLM, that is
__GFP_HIGHMEM in the normal case, but 0 in the hotplug case (at least
for now).

> > > Any
> > > section which has slab pages or any kernel caller to alloc_pages() is
> > > a kernel section.
> Slab pages could be moved to the user section as long as the cache owner
> was able to reclaim the slabs on demand.

At least for the large consumers of slab (dentry/inode caches), they
can't quite reclaim on demand. I was picking Dipankar's brain about
this one day, and there are going to be particularly troublesome
dentries, like "/", that are going to need some serious rethinking to be
able to forcefully free.

-- Dave

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