[PATCH 0/5] Page demotion for memory reclaim

From: Keith Busch
Date: Thu Mar 21 2019 - 16:02:58 EST

The kernel has recently added support for using persistent memory as
normal RAM:


The persistent memory is hot added to nodes separate from other memory
types, which makes it convenient to make node based memory policies.

When persistent memory provides a larger and cheaper address space, but
with slower access characteristics than system RAM, we'd like the kernel
to make use of these memory-only nodes as a migration tier for pages
that would normally be discared during memory reclaim. This is faster
than doing IO for swap or page cache, and makes better utilization of
available physical address space.

The feature is not enabled by default. The user must opt-in to kernel
managed page migration by defining the demotion path. In the future,
we may want to have the kernel automatically create this based on
heterogeneous memory attributes and CPU locality.

Keith Busch (5):
node: Define and export memory migration path
mm: Split handling old page for migration
mm: Attempt to migrate page in lieu of discard
mm: Consider anonymous pages without swap
mm/migrate: Add page movement trace event

Documentation/ABI/stable/sysfs-devices-node | 11 +-
drivers/base/node.c | 73 +++++++++++++
include/linux/migrate.h | 6 ++
include/linux/node.h | 6 ++
include/linux/swap.h | 20 ++++
include/trace/events/migrate.h | 29 ++++-
mm/debug.c | 1 +
mm/migrate.c | 161 ++++++++++++++++++----------
mm/vmscan.c | 25 ++++-
9 files changed, 271 insertions(+), 61 deletions(-)