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From: Michal Hocko <mhocko@kernel.org>
To: "Matthew Wilcox (Oracle)" <willy@infradead.org>
Cc: linux-kernel@vger.kernel.org, linux-mm@kvack.org,
	linux-xfs@vger.kernel.org, dm-devel@redhat.com,
	Mikulas Patocka <mpatocka@redhat.com>,
	Jens Axboe <axboe@kernel.dk>, NeilBrown <neilb@suse.de>
Subject: Re: [PATCH 2/6] mm: Add become_kswapd and restore_kswapd
Date: Thu, 25 Jun 2020 14:31:43 +0200	[thread overview]
Message-ID: <20200625123143.GK1320@dhcp22.suse.cz> (raw)
In-Reply-To: <20200625113122.7540-3-willy@infradead.org>

On Thu 25-06-20 12:31:18, Matthew Wilcox wrote:
> Since XFS needs to pretend to be kswapd in some of its worker threads,
> create methods to save & restore kswapd state.  Don't bother restoring
> kswapd state in kswapd -- the only time we reach this code is when we're
> exiting and the task_struct is about to be destroyed anyway.
> 
> Signed-off-by: Matthew Wilcox (Oracle) <willy@infradead.org>

Certainly better than an opencoded PF_$FOO manipulation
Acked-by: Michal Hocko <mhocko@suse.com>

I would just ask for a clarification because this is rellying to have a
good MM knowledge to follow

> +/*
> + * Tell the memory management that we're a "memory allocator",

I would go with.
Tell the memory management that the caller is working on behalf of the
background memory reclaim (aka kswapd) and help it to make a forward
progress. That means that it will get an access to memory reserves
should there be a need to allocate memory in order to make a forward
progress. Note that the caller has to be extremely careful when doing
that.

Or something like that.

> + * and that if we need more memory we should get access to it
> + * regardless (see "__alloc_pages()"). "kswapd" should
> + * never get caught in the normal page freeing logic.
> + *
> + * (Kswapd normally doesn't need memory anyway, but sometimes
> + * you need a small amount of memory in order to be able to
> + * page out something else, and this flag essentially protects
> + * us from recursively trying to free more memory as we're
> + * trying to free the first piece of memory in the first place).
> + */
> +#define KSWAPD_PF_FLAGS		(PF_MEMALLOC | PF_SWAPWRITE | PF_KSWAPD)
> +
> +static inline unsigned long become_kswapd(void)
> +{
> +	unsigned long flags = current->flags & KSWAPD_PF_FLAGS;
> +	current->flags |= KSWAPD_PF_FLAGS;
> +	return flags;
> +}
> +
> +static inline void restore_kswapd(unsigned long flags)
> +{
> +	current->flags &= ~(flags ^ KSWAPD_PF_FLAGS);
> +}
> +
>  static inline void set_current_io_flusher(void)
>  {
>  	current->flags |= PF_LOCAL_THROTTLE;
> diff --git a/mm/vmscan.c b/mm/vmscan.c
> index b6d84326bdf2..27ae76699899 100644
> --- a/mm/vmscan.c
> +++ b/mm/vmscan.c
> @@ -3870,19 +3870,7 @@ static int kswapd(void *p)
>  	if (!cpumask_empty(cpumask))
>  		set_cpus_allowed_ptr(tsk, cpumask);
>  
> -	/*
> -	 * Tell the memory management that we're a "memory allocator",
> -	 * and that if we need more memory we should get access to it
> -	 * regardless (see "__alloc_pages()"). "kswapd" should
> -	 * never get caught in the normal page freeing logic.
> -	 *
> -	 * (Kswapd normally doesn't need memory anyway, but sometimes
> -	 * you need a small amount of memory in order to be able to
> -	 * page out something else, and this flag essentially protects
> -	 * us from recursively trying to free more memory as we're
> -	 * trying to free the first piece of memory in the first place).
> -	 */
> -	tsk->flags |= PF_MEMALLOC | PF_SWAPWRITE | PF_KSWAPD;
> +	become_kswapd();
>  	set_freezable();
>  
>  	WRITE_ONCE(pgdat->kswapd_order, 0);
> @@ -3932,8 +3920,6 @@ static int kswapd(void *p)
>  			goto kswapd_try_sleep;
>  	}
>  
> -	tsk->flags &= ~(PF_MEMALLOC | PF_SWAPWRITE | PF_KSWAPD);
> -
>  	return 0;
>  }
>  
> -- 
> 2.27.0
> 

-- 
Michal Hocko
SUSE Labs


  reply	other threads:[~2020-06-25 12:31 UTC|newest]

Thread overview: 41+ messages / expand[flat|nested]  mbox.gz  Atom feed  top
2020-06-25 11:31 [PATCH 0/6] Overhaul memalloc_no* Matthew Wilcox (Oracle)
2020-06-25 11:31 ` [PATCH 1/6] mm: Replace PF_MEMALLOC_NOIO with memalloc_noio Matthew Wilcox (Oracle)
2020-06-25 12:22   ` Michal Hocko
2020-06-25 12:34     ` Matthew Wilcox
2020-06-25 12:42       ` Michal Hocko
2020-06-25 11:31 ` [PATCH 2/6] mm: Add become_kswapd and restore_kswapd Matthew Wilcox (Oracle)
2020-06-25 12:31   ` Michal Hocko [this message]
2020-06-25 11:31 ` [PATCH 3/6] xfs: Convert to memalloc_nofs_save Matthew Wilcox (Oracle)
2020-06-25 11:31 ` [PATCH 4/6] mm: Replace PF_MEMALLOC_NOFS with memalloc_nofs Matthew Wilcox (Oracle)
2020-06-25 13:35   ` Michal Hocko
2020-06-25 11:31 ` [PATCH 5/6] mm: Replace PF_MEMALLOC_NOIO with memalloc_nocma Matthew Wilcox (Oracle)
2020-06-25 11:31 ` [PATCH 6/6] mm: Add memalloc_nowait Matthew Wilcox (Oracle)
2020-06-25 12:40   ` Michal Hocko
2020-06-25 13:10     ` Matthew Wilcox
2020-06-25 13:34       ` Michal Hocko
2020-06-25 19:05   ` kernel test robot
2020-06-25 23:51   ` kernel test robot
2020-06-29  5:08   ` Mike Rapoport
2020-06-29 12:18     ` Matthew Wilcox
2020-06-29 12:52       ` Michal Hocko
2020-06-29 13:45         ` Mike Rapoport
2020-06-29 21:28           ` Matthew Wilcox
2020-06-30  6:34             ` Michal Hocko
2020-07-01  4:12               ` Matthew Wilcox
2020-07-01  5:53                 ` Michal Hocko
2020-07-01  7:04                   ` Mike Rapoport
2020-09-24  0:39   ` Mike Snitzer
2020-09-24  1:10     ` Matthew Wilcox
2020-10-23 14:49   ` Daniel Vetter
2020-06-25 18:48 ` [PATCH 0/6] Overhaul memalloc_no* Darrick J. Wong
2020-06-25 20:34   ` Matthew Wilcox
2020-06-25 20:36   ` Michal Hocko
2020-06-25 20:40     ` Matthew Wilcox
2020-06-26 15:02 ` Mikulas Patocka
2020-06-26 23:08   ` Dave Chinner
2020-06-27 13:09     ` Mikulas Patocka
2020-06-29  0:35       ` Dave Chinner
2020-06-29 13:43         ` Mikulas Patocka
2020-06-29 22:34           ` Dave Chinner
2020-07-03 14:26             ` [PATCH] dm-bufio: do cleanup from a workqueue Mikulas Patocka
2020-06-29  8:22     ` [PATCH 0/6] Overhaul memalloc_no* Michal Hocko

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