[PATCH v5 04/14] mm, compaction: do not recheck suitable_migration_target under lock

From: Vlastimil Babka
Date: Mon Jul 28 2014 - 09:15:22 EST

isolate_freepages_block() rechecks if the pageblock is suitable to be a target
for migration after it has taken the zone->lock. However, the check has been
optimized to occur only once per pageblock, and compact_checklock_irqsave()
might be dropping and reacquiring lock, which means somebody else might have
changed the pageblock's migratetype meanwhile.

Furthermore, nothing prevents the migratetype to change right after
isolate_freepages_block() has finished isolating. Given how imperfect this is,
it's simpler to just rely on the check done in isolate_freepages() without
lock, and not pretend that the recheck under lock guarantees anything. It is
just a heuristic after all.

Signed-off-by: Vlastimil Babka <vbabka@xxxxxxx>
Reviewed-by: Zhang Yanfei <zhangyanfei@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Acked-by: Minchan Kim <minchan@xxxxxxxxxx>
Acked-by: Mel Gorman <mgorman@xxxxxxx>
Cc: Joonsoo Kim <iamjoonsoo.kim@xxxxxxx>
Cc: Michal Nazarewicz <mina86@xxxxxxxxxx>
Cc: Naoya Horiguchi <n-horiguchi@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Cc: Christoph Lameter <cl@xxxxxxxxx>
Cc: Rik van Riel <riel@xxxxxxxxxx>
Acked-by: David Rientjes <rientjes@xxxxxxxxxx>
mm/compaction.c | 13 -------------
1 file changed, 13 deletions(-)

diff --git a/mm/compaction.c b/mm/compaction.c
index f3ae2ec..0a871e5 100644
--- a/mm/compaction.c
+++ b/mm/compaction.c
@@ -276,7 +276,6 @@ static unsigned long isolate_freepages_block(struct compact_control *cc,
struct page *cursor, *valid_page = NULL;
unsigned long flags;
bool locked = false;
- bool checked_pageblock = false;

cursor = pfn_to_page(blockpfn);

@@ -307,18 +306,6 @@ static unsigned long isolate_freepages_block(struct compact_control *cc,
if (!locked)

- /* Recheck this is a suitable migration target under lock */
- if (!strict && !checked_pageblock) {
- /*
- * We need to check suitability of pageblock only once
- * and this isolate_freepages_block() is called with
- * pageblock range, so just check once is sufficient.
- */
- checked_pageblock = true;
- if (!suitable_migration_target(page))
- break;
- }
/* Recheck this is a buddy page under lock */
if (!PageBuddy(page))
goto isolate_fail;

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