Re: kernel BUG at mm/swap_state.c:170!

From: Huang\, Ying
Date: Thu Jul 25 2019 - 14:03:53 EST

Mikhail Gavrilov <mikhail.v.gavrilov@xxxxxxxxx> writes:

> On Tue, 23 Jul 2019 at 10:08, Huang, Ying <ying.huang@xxxxxxxxx> wrote:
>> Thanks! I have found another (easier way) to reproduce the panic.
>> Could you try the below patch on top of v5.2-rc2? It can fix the panic
>> for me.
> Thanks! Amazing work! The patch fixes the issue completely. The system
> worked at a high load of 16 hours without failures.

Thanks a lot for your help!

Hi, Matthew and Kirill,

I think we can fold this fix patch into your original patch and try

> But still seems to me that page cache is being too actively crowded
> out with a lack of memory. Since, in addition to the top speed SSD on
> which the swap is located, there is also the slow HDD in the system
> that just starts to rustle continuously when swap being used. It would
> seem better to push some of the RAM onto a fast SSD into the swap
> partition than to leave the slow HDD without a cache.
> But I am afraid it will be difficult to implement such an algorithm
> that analyzes the waiting time for the file I/O and waiting for paging
> (memory) and decides to leave parts in memory where the waiting time
> is more higher it would be more efficient for systems with several
> drives with access speeds can vary greatly. By waiting time I mean
> waiting time reading/writing to storage multiplied on the count of
> hits. Thus, we will not just keep in memory the most popular parts of
> the memory/disk, but also those parts of which read/write where was
> most costly.

Yes. This is a valid problem. I remember Johannes has a solution long
ago, but I don't know why he give up that. Some information can be
found in the following URL.

Best Regards,
Huang, Ying

> --
> Best Regards,
> Mike Gavrilov.