Re: [PATCH v5 4/4] mm: Defer ZONE_DEVICE page initialization to the point where we init pgmap

From: Alexander Duyck
Date: Wed Sep 26 2018 - 14:25:40 EST

On 9/26/2018 12:55 AM, Michal Hocko wrote:
On Tue 25-09-18 13:21:24, Alexander Duyck wrote:
The ZONE_DEVICE pages were being initialized in two locations. One was with
the memory_hotplug lock held and another was outside of that lock. The
problem with this is that it was nearly doubling the memory initialization
time. Instead of doing this twice, once while holding a global lock and
once without, I am opting to defer the initialization to the one outside of
the lock. This allows us to avoid serializing the overhead for memory init
and we can instead focus on per-node init times.

One issue I encountered is that devm_memremap_pages and
hmm_devmmem_pages_create were initializing only the pgmap field the same
way. One wasn't initializing hmm_data, and the other was initializing it to
a poison value. Since this is something that is exposed to the driver in
the case of hmm I am opting for a third option and just initializing
hmm_data to 0 since this is going to be exposed to unknown third party

Why cannot you pull move_pfn_range_to_zone out of the hotplug lock? In
other words why are you making zone device even more special in the
generic hotplug code when it already has its own means to initialize the
pfn range by calling move_pfn_range_to_zone. Not to mention the code

So there were a few things I wasn't sure we could pull outside of the hotplug lock. One specific example is the bits related to resizing the pgdat and zone. I wanted to avoid pulling those bits outside of the hotplug lock.

The other bit that I left inside the hot-plug lock with this approach was the initialization of the pages that contain the vmemmap.

That being said I really dislike this patch.

In my mind this was a patch that "killed two birds with one stone". I had two issues to address, the first one being the fact that we were performing the memmap_init_zone while holding the hotplug lock, and the other being the loop that was going through and initializing pgmap in the hmm and memremap calls essentially added another 20 seconds (measured for 3TB of memory per node) to the init time. With this patch I was able to cut my init time per node by that 20 seconds, and then made it so that we could scale as we added nodes as they could run in parallel.

With that said I am open to suggestions if you still feel like I need to follow this up with some additional work. I just want to avoid introducing any regressions in regards to functionality or performance.


- Alex