Re: [PATCH]vmscan: handle underflow for get_scan_ratio
From: Shaohua Li
Date: Tue Apr 06 2010 - 01:09:58 EST
On Tue, Apr 06, 2010 at 12:49:10PM +0800, Wu, Fengguang wrote:
> On Tue, Apr 06, 2010 at 11:40:47AM +0800, Rik van Riel wrote:
> > On 04/05/2010 11:31 PM, Wu Fengguang wrote:
> > > On Tue, Apr 06, 2010 at 10:58:43AM +0800, KOSAKI Motohiro wrote:
> > >> Again, I didn't said his patch is no worth. I only said we don't have to
> > >> ignore the downside.
> > >
> > > Right, we should document both the upside and downside.
> > The downside is obvious: streaming IO (used once data
> > that does not fit in the cache) can push out data that
> > is used more often - requiring that it be swapped in
> > at a later point in time.
> > I understand what Shaohua's patch does, but I do not
> > understand the upside. What good does it do to increase
> > the size of the cache for streaming IO data, which is
> > generally touched only once?
> Not that bad :) With Shaohua's patch the anon list will typically
> _never_ get scanned, just like before.
> If it's mostly use-once IO, file:anon will be 1000 or even 10000, and
> priority=12. Then only anon lists larger than 16GB or 160GB will get
> nr >= 1.
> > What kind of performance benefits can we get by doing
> > that?
> So vmscan behavior and performance remain the same as before.
> For really large anon list, such workload is beyond our imagination.
> So we cannot assert "don't scan anon list" will be a benefit.
> On the other hand, in the test case of "do stream IO when most memory
> occupied by tmpfs pages", it is very bad behavior refuse to scan anon
> list in normal and suddenly start scanning _the whole_ anon list when
> priority hits 0. Shaohua's patch helps it by gradually increasing the
> scan nr of anon list as memory pressure increases.
Yep, the gradually increasing scan nr is the main advantage in my mind.
> > > The main difference happens when file:anon scan ratio> 100:1.
> > >
> > > For the current percent based computing, percent=0 hence nr=0
> > > which disables anon list scan unconditionally, for good or for bad.
> > >
> > > For the direct nr computing,
> > > - nr will be 0 for typical file servers, because with priority=12
> > > and anon lru size< 1.6GB, nr = (anon_size/4096)/100< 0
> > > - nr will be non-zero when priority=1 and anon_size> 100 pages,
> > > this stops OOM for Shaohua's test case, however may not be enough to
> > > guarantee safety (your previous reverting patch can provide this
> > > guarantee).
> > >
> > > I liked Shaohua's patch a lot -- it adapts well to both the
> > > file-server case and the mostly-anon-pages case :)
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