Re: [PATCH v3 4/5] mm: introduce MADV_PAGEOUT

From: Minchan Kim
Date: Wed Jul 10 2019 - 07:54:10 EST

On Wed, Jul 10, 2019 at 01:16:22PM +0200, Michal Hocko wrote:
> On Wed 10-07-19 19:48:09, Minchan Kim wrote:
> > On Tue, Jul 09, 2019 at 11:55:19AM +0200, Michal Hocko wrote:
> [...]
> > > I am still not convinced about the SWAP_CLUSTER_MAX batching and the
> > > udnerlying OOM argument. Is one pmd worth of pages really an OOM risk?
> > > Sure you can have many invocations in parallel and that would add on
> > > but the same might happen with SWAP_CLUSTER_MAX. So I would just remove
> > > the batching for now and think of it only if we really see this being a
> > > problem for real. Unless you feel really strong about this, of course.
> >
> > I don't have the number to support SWAP_CLUSTER_MAX batching for hinting
> > operations. However, I wanted to be consistent with other LRU batching
> > logic so that it could affect altogether if someone try to increase
> > SWAP_CLUSTER_MAX which is more efficienty for batching operation, later.
> > (AFAIK, someone tried it a few years ago but rollback soon, I couldn't
> > rebemeber what was the reason at that time, anyway).
> Then please drop this part. It makes the code more complex while any
> benefit is not demonstrated.

The history says the benefit.
With the history, rather than proving it's worth for upcoming new code,
need to try to prove no harmful any longer if we want to remove(or not
consistent with other reclaim path). It's not the goal of this patch.