[PATCH 7/9] mm, page_alloc: remove stop_machine from build_all_zonelists

From: Michal Hocko
Date: Fri Jul 14 2017 - 04:01:37 EST

From: Michal Hocko <mhocko@xxxxxxxx>

build_all_zonelists has been (ab)using stop_machine to make sure that
zonelists do not change while somebody is looking at them. This is
is just a gross hack because a) it complicates the context from which
we can call build_all_zonelists (see 3f906ba23689 ("mm/memory-hotplug:
switch locking to a percpu rwsem")) and b) is is not really necessary
especially after "mm, page_alloc: simplify zonelist initialization".

Updates of the zonelists happen very seldom, basically only when a zone
becomes populated during memory online or when it loses all the memory
during offline. A racing iteration over zonelists could either miss a
zone or try to work on one zone twice. Both of these are something we
can live with occasionally because there will always be at least one
zone visible so we are not likely to fail allocation too easily for

Signed-off-by: Michal Hocko <mhocko@xxxxxxxx>
mm/page_alloc.c | 9 ++-------
1 file changed, 2 insertions(+), 7 deletions(-)

diff --git a/mm/page_alloc.c b/mm/page_alloc.c
index 78bd62418380..217889ecd13f 100644
--- a/mm/page_alloc.c
+++ b/mm/page_alloc.c
@@ -5066,8 +5066,7 @@ static DEFINE_PER_CPU(struct per_cpu_nodestat, boot_nodestats);

-/* return values int ....just for stop_machine() */
-static int __build_all_zonelists(void *data)
+static void __build_all_zonelists(void *data)
int nid;
int cpu;
@@ -5103,8 +5102,6 @@ static int __build_all_zonelists(void *data)
set_cpu_numa_mem(cpu, local_memory_node(cpu_to_node(cpu)));
- return 0;

static noinline void __init
@@ -5147,9 +5144,7 @@ void __ref build_all_zonelists(pg_data_t *pgdat)
if (system_state == SYSTEM_BOOTING) {
} else {
- /* we have to stop all cpus to guarantee there is no user
- of zonelist */
- stop_machine_cpuslocked(__build_all_zonelists, pgdat, NULL);
+ __build_all_zonelists(pgdat);
/* cpuset refresh routine should be here */
vm_total_pages = nr_free_pagecache_pages();