Re: [PATCH 0/7] mm: Improve swap path scalability with batched operations

From: Andi Kleen
Date: Wed May 04 2016 - 17:05:46 EST

> In order this to work other quite intrusive changes to the current
> reclaim decisions would have to be made though. This is what I tried to
> say. Look at get_scan_count() on how we are making many steps to ignore
> swappiness or prefer the page cache. Even when we make swapout scale it
> won't help much if we do not swap out that often. That's why I claim

But if you made swapout to scale you would need some equivalent
of Tim's patches for the swap path... So you need them in case.

> that we really should think more long term and maybe reconsider these
> decisions which were based on the rotating rust for the swap devices.

Sure that makes sense, but why not start with low hanging fruit
in basic performance, like Tim did? Usually that is how Linux
changes work, steady evolution, not revolution.


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