Re: [REPOST] [PATCH 3/3] Provide control over unmapped pages (v3)
From: Balbir Singh
Date: Mon Jan 24 2011 - 01:37:33 EST
* Christoph Lameter <cl@xxxxxxxxx> [2011-01-21 09:55:17]:
> On Fri, 21 Jan 2011, Balbir Singh wrote:
> > * Christoph Lameter <cl@xxxxxxxxx> [2011-01-20 09:00:09]:
> > > On Thu, 20 Jan 2011, Balbir Singh wrote:
> > >
> > > > + unmapped_page_control
> > > > + [KNL] Available if CONFIG_UNMAPPED_PAGECACHE_CONTROL
> > > > + is enabled. It controls the amount of unmapped memory
> > > > + that is present in the system. This boot option plus
> > > > + vm.min_unmapped_ratio (sysctl) provide granular control
> > >
> > > min_unmapped_ratio is there to guarantee that zone reclaim does not
> > > reclaim all unmapped pages.
> > >
> > > What you want here is a max_unmapped_ratio.
> > >
> > I thought about that, the logic for reusing min_unmapped_ratio was to
> > keep a limit beyond which unmapped page cache shrinking should stop.
> Right. That is the role of it. Its a minimum to leave. You want a maximum
> size of the pagte cache.
In this case we want the maximum to be as small as the minimum, but
from a general design perspective maximum does make sense.
> > I think you are suggesting max_unmapped_ratio as the point at which
> > shrinking should begin, right?
> The role of min_unmapped_ratio is to never reclaim more pagecache if we
> reach that ratio even if we have to go off node for an allocation.
> AFAICT What you propose is a maximum size of the page cache. If the number
> of page cache pages goes beyond that then you trim the page cache in
> background reclaim.
> > > > + reclaim_unmapped_pages(priority, zone, &sc);
> > > > +
> > > > if (!zone_watermark_ok_safe(zone, order,
> > >
> > > Hmmmm. Okay that means background reclaim does it. If so then we also want
> > > zone reclaim to be able to work in the background I think.
> > Anything specific you had in mind, works for me in testing, but is
> > there anything specific that stands out in your mind that needs to be
> > done?
> Hmmm. So this would also work in a NUMA configuration, right. Limiting the
> sizes of the page cache would avoid zone reclaim through these limit. Page
> cache size would be limited by the max_unmapped_ratio.
> zone_reclaim only would come into play if other allocations make the
> memory on the node so tight that we would have to evict more page
> cache pages in direct reclaim.
> Then zone_reclaim could go down to shrink the page cache size to
I'll repost with max_unmapped_ration changes
Thanks for the review!
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