Re: [RFC] can we use vmalloc to alloc thread stack if compaction failed
From: Michal Hocko
Date: Thu Jul 28 2016 - 03:20:42 EST
On Thu 28-07-16 15:08:26, Xishi Qiu wrote:
> Usually THREAD_SIZE_ORDER is 2, it means we need to alloc 16kb continuous
> physical memory during fork a new process.
> If the system's memory is very small, especially the smart phone, maybe there
> is only 1G memory. So the free memory is very small and compaction is not
> always success in slowpath(__alloc_pages_slowpath), then alloc thread stack
> may be failed for memory fragment.
Well, with the current implementation of the page allocator those
requests will not fail in most cases. The oom killer would be invoked in
order to free up some memory.
> Can we use vmalloc to alloc thread stack if compaction failed in slowpath?
Not yet but Andy is working on this.
> e.g. Use vmalloc as a fallback if alloc_page/kamlloc failed.
> I think the performance may be a little regression, and any other problems?
> Xishi Qiu