Patchwork [2/4] mm: pagevec: Defer deciding what LRU to add a page to until pagevec drain time

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Submitter Mel Gorman
Date May 16, 2013, 2:29 p.m.
Message ID <20130516142941.GK11497@suse.de>
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Permalink /patch/244344/
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Mel Gorman - May 16, 2013, 2:29 p.m.
On Wed, May 15, 2013 at 03:53:30PM -0700, Andrew Morton wrote:
> On Mon, 13 May 2013 11:21:20 +0100 Mel Gorman <mgorman@suse.de> wrote:
> 
> > mark_page_accessed cannot activate an inactive page that is located on
> > an inactive LRU pagevec. Hints from filesystems may be ignored as a
> > result. In preparation for fixing that problem, this patch removes the
> > per-LRU pagevecs and leaves just one pagevec. The final LRU the page is
> > added to is deferred until the pagevec is drained.
> > 
> > This means that fewer pagevecs are available and potentially there is
> > greater contention on the LRU lock. However, this only applies in the case
> > where there is an almost perfect mix of file, anon, active and inactive
> > pages being added to the LRU. In practice I expect that we are adding
> > stream of pages of a particular time and that the changes in contention
> > will barely be measurable.
> > 
> > ...
> >
> > index c612a6a..0911579 100644
> > --- a/mm/swap.c
> > +++ b/mm/swap.c
> > @@ -39,7 +39,7 @@
> >  /* How many pages do we try to swap or page in/out together? */
> >  int page_cluster;
> >  
> > -static DEFINE_PER_CPU(struct pagevec[NR_LRU_LISTS], lru_add_pvecs);
> > +static DEFINE_PER_CPU(struct pagevec, lru_add_pvec);
> >  static DEFINE_PER_CPU(struct pagevec, lru_rotate_pvecs);
> >  static DEFINE_PER_CPU(struct pagevec, lru_deactivate_pvecs);
> >  
> > @@ -460,13 +460,18 @@ EXPORT_SYMBOL(mark_page_accessed);
> >   */
> 
> The comment preceding __lru_cache_add() needs an update.
> 

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Patch

diff --git a/mm/swap.c b/mm/swap.c
index 05944d4..ac23602 100644
--- a/mm/swap.c
+++ b/mm/swap.c
@@ -489,12 +489,10 @@  void mark_page_accessed(struct page *page)
 EXPORT_SYMBOL(mark_page_accessed);
 
 /*
- * Order of operations is important: flush the pagevec when it's already
- * full, not when adding the last page, to make sure that last page is
- * not added to the LRU directly when passed to this function. Because
- * mark_page_accessed() (called after this when writing) only activates
- * pages that are on the LRU, linear writes in subpage chunks would see
- * every PAGEVEC_SIZE page activated, which is unexpected.
+ * Queue the page for addition to the LRU via pagevec. The decision on whether
+ * to add the page to the [in]active [file|anon] list is deferred until the
+ * pagevec is drained. This gives a chance for the caller of __lru_cache_add()
+ * have the page added to the active list using mark_page_accessed().
  */
 void __lru_cache_add(struct page *page)
 {