Re: [PATCH 0/2] mm: Enable page parallel initialisation for Power
From: Balbir Singh
Date: Tue Mar 08 2016 - 09:46:16 EST
On 08/03/16 14:55, Li Zhang wrote:
> From: Li Zhang <zhlcindy@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
> Uptream has supported page parallel initialisation for X86 and the
> boot time is improved greately. Some tests have been done for Power.
> Here is the result I have done with different memory size.
> * 4GB memory:
> boot time is as the following:
> with patch vs without patch: 10.4s vs 24.5s
> boot time is improved 57%
> * 200GB memory:
> boot time looks the same with and without patches.
> boot time is about 38s
> * 32TB memory:
> boot time looks the same with and without patches
> boot time is about 160s.
> The boot time is much shorter than X86 with 24TB memory.
> From community discussion, it costs about 694s for X86 24T system.
> From code view, parallel initialisation improve the performance by
> deferring memory initilisation to kswap with N kthreads, it should
> improve the performance therotically.
> From the test result, On X86, performance is improved greatly with huge
> memory. But on Power platform, it is improved greatly with less than
> 100GB memory. For huge memory, it is not improved greatly. But it saves
> the time with several threads at least, as the following information
> shows(32TB system log):
> [ 22.648169] node 9 initialised, 16607461 pages in 280ms
> [ 22.783772] node 3 initialised, 23937243 pages in 410ms
> [ 22.858877] node 6 initialised, 29179347 pages in 490ms
> [ 22.863252] node 2 initialised, 29179347 pages in 490ms
> [ 22.907545] node 0 initialised, 32049614 pages in 540ms
> [ 22.920891] node 15 initialised, 32212280 pages in 550ms
> [ 22.923236] node 4 initialised, 32306127 pages in 550ms
> [ 22.923384] node 12 initialised, 32314319 pages in 550ms
> [ 22.924754] node 8 initialised, 32314319 pages in 550ms
> [ 22.940780] node 13 initialised, 33353677 pages in 570ms
> [ 22.940796] node 11 initialised, 33353677 pages in 570ms
> [ 22.941700] node 5 initialised, 33353677 pages in 570ms
> [ 22.941721] node 10 initialised, 33353677 pages in 570ms
> [ 22.941876] node 7 initialised, 33353677 pages in 570ms
> [ 22.944946] node 14 initialised, 33353677 pages in 570ms
> [ 22.946063] node 1 initialised, 33345485 pages in 580ms
> It saves the time about 550*16 ms at least, although it can be ignore to compare
> the boot time about 160 seconds. What's more, the boot time is much shorter
> on Power even without patches than x86 for huge memory machine.
> So this patchset is still necessary to be enabled for Power.
The patchset looks good, two questions
1. The patchset is still necessary for
a. systems with smaller amount of RAM?
b. Theoretically it improves boot time?
2. the pgdat->node_spanned_pages >> 8 sounds arbitrary
On a system with 2TB*16 nodes, it would initialize about 8GB before calling deferred init?
Don't we need at-least 32GB + space for other early hash allocations
BTW, My expectation was that 32TB would imply 32GB+32GB of large hash allocations early on