Re: [PATCH RESEND] mm: show number of vmalloc pages in /proc/meminfo

From: Anshuman Khandual
Date: Wed May 15 2019 - 03:15:57 EST

On 05/15/2019 05:21 AM, Roman Gushchin wrote:
> Vmalloc() is getting more and more used these days (kernel stacks,
> bpf and percpu allocator are new top users), and the total %
> of memory consumed by vmalloc() can be pretty significant
> and changes dynamically.
> /proc/meminfo is the best place to display this information:
> its top goal is to show top consumers of the memory.
> Since the VmallocUsed field in /proc/meminfo is not in use
> for quite a long time (it has been defined to 0 by the
> commit a5ad88ce8c7f ("mm: get rid of 'vmalloc_info' from
> /proc/meminfo")), let's reuse it for showing the actual
> physical memory consumption of vmalloc().
The primary concern which got addressed with a5ad88ce8c7f was that computing
get_vmalloc_info() was taking long time. But here its reads an already updated
value which gets added or subtracted during __vmalloc_area_node/__vunmap cycle.
Hence this should not cost much (like get_vmalloc_info). But is not this similar
to the caching solution Linus mentioned.