Re: [PATCH] mm, memory_hotplug: update pcp lists everytime onlining a memory block

From: Charan Teja Kalla
Date: Mon Aug 03 2020 - 09:29:09 EST

Thanks David for the comments.

On 8/3/2020 1:35 PM, David Hildenbrand wrote:
> On 02.08.20 14:54, Charan Teja Reddy wrote:
>> When onlining a first memory block in a zone, pcp lists are not updated
>> thus pcp struct will have the default setting of ->high = 0,->batch = 1.
>> This means till the second memory block in a zone(if it have) is onlined
>> the pcp lists of this zone will not contain any pages because pcp's
>> ->count is always greater than ->high thus free_pcppages_bulk() is
>> called to free batch size(=1) pages every time system wants to add a
>> page to the pcp list through free_unref_page(). To put this in a word,
>> system is not using benefits offered by the pcp lists when there is a
>> single onlineable memory block in a zone. Correct this by always
>> updating the pcp lists when memory block is onlined.
> I guess such setups are rare ... but I can imagine it being the case
> with virtio-mem in the future ... not 100% if this performance
> optimization is really relevant in practice ... how did you identify this?

Even the Snapdragon hardware that I had tested on contain multiple
onlineable memory blocks. But we have the use case in which we online
single memory block and once it is filled then online the next block. In
the step where single block is onlined, we observed the below pageset
cpu: 0
count: 0
high: 0
batch: 1
Once the second block is onlined then only seeing some sane values as below.
cpu: 0
count: 32
high: 378
batch: 63

In the above case, till the second block is onlined, no page is held in
the pcp list. So, updating the pcp params every time when onlining the
memory block is required, as an example in the usecase that I had

>> Signed-off-by: Charan Teja Reddy <charante@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
>> ---
>> mm/memory_hotplug.c | 3 +--
>> 1 file changed, 1 insertion(+), 2 deletions(-)
>> diff --git a/mm/memory_hotplug.c b/mm/memory_hotplug.c
>> index dcdf327..7f62d69 100644
>> --- a/mm/memory_hotplug.c
>> +++ b/mm/memory_hotplug.c
>> @@ -854,8 +854,7 @@ int __ref online_pages(unsigned long pfn, unsigned long nr_pages,
>> node_states_set_node(nid, &arg);
>> if (need_zonelists_rebuild)
>> build_all_zonelists(NULL);
>> - else
>> - zone_pcp_update(zone);
>> + zone_pcp_update(zone);
>> init_per_zone_wmark_min();
> Does, in general, look sane to me.
> Reviewed-by: David Hildenbrand <david@xxxxxxxxxx>

Thanks for the ACK.


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