Re: [PATCH 4/4] mm: numa: Slow PTE scan rate if migration failures occur

From: Dave Chinner
Date: Mon Mar 09 2015 - 07:29:49 EST

On Sun, Mar 08, 2015 at 11:35:59AM -0700, Linus Torvalds wrote:
> On Sun, Mar 8, 2015 at 3:02 AM, Ingo Molnar <mingo@xxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
> But:
> > As a second hack (not to be applied), could we change:
> >
> >
> > to:
> >
> >
> > to double check that the position of the bit does not matter?
> Agreed. We should definitely try that.
> Dave?

As Mel has already mentioned, I'm in Boston for LSFMM and don't have
access to the test rig I've used to generate this.

> Also, is there some sane way for me to actually see this behavior on a
> regular machine with just a single socket? Dave is apparently running
> in some fake-numa setup, I'm wondering if this is easy enough to
> reproduce that I could see it myself.

Should be - I don't actually use 500TB of storage to generate this -
50GB on an SSD is all you need from the storage side. I just use a
sparse backing file to make it look like a 500TB device. :P

i.e. create an XFS filesystem on a 500TB sparse file with "mkfs.xfs
-d size=500t,file=1 /path/to/file.img", mount it on loopback or as a
virtio,cache=none device for the guest vm and then use fsmark to
generate several million files spread across many, many directories
such as:

$ fs_mark -D 10000 -S0 -n 100000 -s 1 -L 32 -d \
/mnt/scratch/0 -d /mnt/scratch/1 -d /mnt/scratch/2 -d \
/mnt/scratch/3 -d /mnt/scratch/4 -d /mnt/scratch/5 -d \
/mnt/scratch/6 -d /mnt/scratch/7

That should only take a few minutes to run - if you throw 8p at it
then it should run at >100k files/s being created.

Then unmount and run "xfs_repair -o bhash=101703 /path/to/file.img"
on the resultant image file.


Dave Chinner
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