Re: [PATCH 0/3] Volatile Ranges (v11)

From: Michal Hocko
Date: Tue Mar 18 2014 - 08:24:37 EST

On Fri 14-03-14 11:33:30, John Stultz wrote:
> Volatile ranges provides a method for userland to inform the kernel that
> a range of memory is safe to discard (ie: can be regenerated) but
> userspace may want to try access it in the future. It can be thought of
> as similar to MADV_DONTNEED, but that the actual freeing of the memory
> is delayed and only done under memory pressure, and the user can try to
> cancel the action and be able to quickly access any unpurged pages. The
> idea originated from Android's ashmem, but I've since learned that other
> OSes provide similar functionality.

Maybe I have missed something (I've only glanced through the patches)
but it seems that marking a range volatile doesn't alter neither
reference bits nor position in the LRU. I thought that a volatile page
would be moved to the end of inactive LRU with the reference bit
dropped. Or is this expectation wrong and volatility is not supposed to
touch page aging?

Michal Hocko
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