[PATCHv4 0/3] new APIs to allocate buffer-cache with user specific flag

From: Gioh Kim
Date: Thu Sep 04 2014 - 03:51:18 EST


This patch try to solve problem that a long-lasting page caches of
ext4 superblock and journaling of superblock disturb page migration.

I've been testing CMA feature on my ARM-based platform
and found that two page caches cannot be migrated.
They are page caches of superblock of ext4 filesystem and its journaling data.

Current ext4 reads superblock with sb_bread() that allocates page
from movable area. But the problem is that ext4 hold the page until
it is unmounted. If root filesystem is ext4 the page cannot be migrated
And also the journaling data for the superblock cannot be migreated.

I introduce new APIs that allocates page cache with specific flag passed by an
*_gfp APIs are for user want to set page allocation flag for page cache
And *_unmovable APIs are for the user wants to allocate page cache from
non-movable area.

It is useful for ext4/ext3 and others that want to hold page cache for a long

I have 3 patchs:

1. Patch 1/3: introduce a new API that create page cache with allocation flag
2. Patch 2/3: have ext4 use the new API to read superblock
3. Patch 3/3: have jbd/jbd2 use the new API to make journaling of superblock

This patchset is based on linux-next-20140814.

Thanks a lot.

Gioh Kim (3):
fs.c: support buffer cache allocations with gfp modifiers
ext4: use non-movable memory for the ext4 superblock
jbd/jbd2: use non-movable memory for the jbd superblock

fs/buffer.c | 45 ++++++++++++++++++++++++-----------------
fs/ext4/super.c | 6 +++---
fs/jbd/journal.c | 2 +-
fs/jbd2/journal.c | 2 +-
include/linux/buffer_head.h | 47 ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++-----
5 files changed, 73 insertions(+), 29 deletions(-)


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