Re: [PATCH]vmscan: handle underflow for get_scan_ratio
From: KOSAKI Motohiro
Date: Mon Apr 05 2010 - 22:06:37 EST
> On Tue, Apr 06, 2010 at 09:25:36AM +0800, Li, Shaohua wrote:
> > On Sun, Apr 04, 2010 at 10:19:06PM +0800, KOSAKI Motohiro wrote:
> > > > On Fri, Apr 02, 2010 at 05:14:38PM +0800, KOSAKI Motohiro wrote:
> > > > > > > > This patch makes a lot of sense than previous. however I think <1% anon ratio
> > > > > > > > shouldn't happen anyway because file lru doesn't have reclaimable pages.
> > > > > > > > <1% seems no good reclaim rate.
> > > > > > >
> > > > > > > Oops, the above mention is wrong. sorry. only 1 page is still too big.
> > > > > > > because under streaming io workload, the number of scanning anon pages should
> > > > > > > be zero. this is very strong requirement. if not, backup operation will makes
> > > > > > > a lot of swapping out.
> > > > > > Sounds there is no big impact for the workload which you mentioned with the patch.
> > > > > > please see below descriptions.
> > > > > > I updated the description of the patch as fengguang suggested.
> > > > >
> > > > > Umm.. sorry, no.
> > > > >
> > > > > "one fix but introduce another one bug" is not good deal. instead,
> > > > > I'll revert the guilty commit at first as akpm mentioned.
> > > > Even we revert the commit, the patch still has its benefit, as it increases
> > > > calculation precision, right?
> > >
> > > no, you shouldn't ignore the regression case.
> > I don't think this is serious. In my calculation, there is only 1 page swapped out
> > for 6G anonmous memory. 1 page should haven't any performance impact.
> 1 anon page scanned for every N file pages scanned?
> Is N a _huge_ enough ratio so that the anon list will be very light scanned?
> Rik: here is a little background.
The problem is, the VM are couteniously discarding no longer used file
cache. if we are scan extra anon 1 page, we will observe tons swap usage
after few days.
please don't only think benchmark.
> Under streaming IO, the current get_scan_ratio() will get a percent
> that is (much) less than 1, so underflows to 0.
> It has the bad effect of completely disabling the scan of anon list,
> which leads to OOM in Shaohua's test case. OTOH, it also has the good
> side effect of keeping anon pages in memory and totally prevent swap
> Shaohua's patch improves the computation precision by computing nr
> directly in get_scan_ratio(). This is good in general, however will
> enable light scan of the anon list on streaming IO.
In such case, percent should be big. I think underflowing is not point.
His test case is merely streaming io copy, why can't we drop tmpfs cached
page? his /proc/meminfo describe his machine didn't have droppable file cache.
so, big percent value seems makes no sense. no?
I'm not sure we need either below detection. I need more investigate.
1) detect no discardable file cache
2) detect streaming io on tmpfs (as regular file)
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