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From: Michal Hocko <mhocko@suse.com>
To: Roman Gushchin <guro@fb.com>
Cc: Zi Yan <ziy@nvidia.com>,
	linux-mm@kvack.org, Rik van Riel <riel@surriel.com>,
	"Kirill A . Shutemov" <kirill.shutemov@linux.intel.com>,
	Matthew Wilcox <willy@infradead.org>,
	Shakeel Butt <shakeelb@google.com>,
	Yang Shi <yang.shi@linux.alibaba.com>,
	David Nellans <dnellans@nvidia.com>,
	linux-kernel@vger.kernel.org
Subject: Re: [RFC PATCH 00/16] 1GB THP support on x86_64
Date: Mon, 7 Sep 2020 09:20:14 +0200	[thread overview]
Message-ID: <20200907072014.GD30144@dhcp22.suse.cz> (raw)
In-Reply-To: <20200904211045.GA567128@carbon.DHCP.thefacebook.com>

On Fri 04-09-20 14:10:45, Roman Gushchin wrote:
> On Fri, Sep 04, 2020 at 09:42:07AM +0200, Michal Hocko wrote:
[...]
> > An explicit opt-in sounds much more appropriate to me as well. If we go
> > with a specific API then I would not make it 1GB pages specific. Why
> > cannot we have an explicit interface to "defragment" address space
> > range into large pages and the kernel would use large pages where
> > appropriate? Or is the additional copying prohibitively expensive?
> 
> Can you, please, elaborate a bit more here? It seems like madvise(MADV_HUGEPAGE)
> provides something similar to what you're describing, but there are lot
> of details here, so I'm probably missing something.

MADV_HUGEPAGE is controlling a preference for THP to be used for a
particular address range. So it looks similar but the historical
behavior is to control page faults as well and the behavior depends on
the global setup.

I've had in mind something much simpler. Effectively an API to invoke
khugepaged (like) functionality synchronously from the calling context
on the specific address range. It could be more aggressive than the
regular khugepaged and create even 1G pages (or as large THPs as page
tables can handle on the particular arch for that matter).

As this would be an explicit call we do not have to be worried about
the resulting latency because it would be an explicit call by the
userspace.  The default khugepaged has a harder position there because
has no understanding of the target address space and cannot make any
cost/benefit evaluation so it has to be more conservative.
-- 
Michal Hocko
SUSE Labs


  reply	other threads:[~2020-09-07  7:20 UTC|newest]

Thread overview: 82+ messages / expand[flat|nested]  mbox.gz  Atom feed  top
2020-09-02 18:06 Zi Yan
2020-09-02 18:06 ` [RFC PATCH 01/16] mm: add pagechain container for storing multiple pages Zi Yan
2020-09-02 20:29   ` Randy Dunlap
2020-09-02 20:48     ` Zi Yan
2020-09-03  3:15   ` Matthew Wilcox
2020-09-07 12:22   ` Kirill A. Shutemov
2020-09-07 15:11     ` Zi Yan
2020-09-09 13:46       ` Kirill A. Shutemov
2020-09-09 14:15         ` Zi Yan
2020-09-02 18:06 ` [RFC PATCH 02/16] mm: thp: 1GB anonymous page implementation Zi Yan
2020-09-02 18:06 ` [RFC PATCH 03/16] mm: proc: add 1GB THP kpageflag Zi Yan
2020-09-09 13:46   ` Kirill A. Shutemov
2020-09-02 18:06 ` [RFC PATCH 04/16] mm: thp: 1GB THP copy on write implementation Zi Yan
2020-09-02 18:06 ` [RFC PATCH 05/16] mm: thp: handling 1GB THP reference bit Zi Yan
2020-09-09 14:09   ` Kirill A. Shutemov
2020-09-09 14:36     ` Zi Yan
2020-09-02 18:06 ` [RFC PATCH 06/16] mm: thp: add 1GB THP split_huge_pud_page() function Zi Yan
2020-09-09 14:18   ` Kirill A. Shutemov
2020-09-09 14:19     ` Zi Yan
2020-09-02 18:06 ` [RFC PATCH 07/16] mm: stats: make smap stats understand PUD THPs Zi Yan
2020-09-02 18:06 ` [RFC PATCH 08/16] mm: page_vma_walk: teach it about PMD-mapped PUD THP Zi Yan
2020-09-02 18:06 ` [RFC PATCH 09/16] mm: thp: 1GB THP support in try_to_unmap() Zi Yan
2020-09-02 18:06 ` [RFC PATCH 10/16] mm: thp: split 1GB THPs at page reclaim Zi Yan
2020-09-02 18:06 ` [RFC PATCH 11/16] mm: thp: 1GB THP follow_p*d_page() support Zi Yan
2020-09-02 18:06 ` [RFC PATCH 12/16] mm: support 1GB THP pagemap support Zi Yan
2020-09-02 18:06 ` [RFC PATCH 13/16] mm: thp: add a knob to enable/disable 1GB THPs Zi Yan
2020-09-02 18:06 ` [RFC PATCH 14/16] mm: page_alloc: >=MAX_ORDER pages allocation an deallocation Zi Yan
2020-09-02 18:06 ` [RFC PATCH 15/16] hugetlb: cma: move cma reserve function to cma.c Zi Yan
2020-09-02 18:06 ` [RFC PATCH 16/16] mm: thp: use cma reservation for pud thp allocation Zi Yan
2020-09-02 18:40 ` [RFC PATCH 00/16] 1GB THP support on x86_64 Jason Gunthorpe
2020-09-02 18:45   ` Zi Yan
2020-09-02 18:48     ` Jason Gunthorpe
2020-09-02 19:05       ` Zi Yan
2020-09-02 19:57         ` Jason Gunthorpe
2020-09-02 20:29           ` Zi Yan
2020-09-03 16:40             ` Jason Gunthorpe
2020-09-03 16:55               ` Matthew Wilcox
2020-09-03 17:08                 ` Jason Gunthorpe
2020-09-03  7:32 ` Michal Hocko
2020-09-03 16:25   ` Roman Gushchin
2020-09-03 16:50     ` Jason Gunthorpe
2020-09-03 17:01       ` Matthew Wilcox
2020-09-03 17:18         ` Jason Gunthorpe
2020-09-03 20:57     ` Mike Kravetz
2020-09-03 21:06       ` Roman Gushchin
2020-09-04  7:42     ` Michal Hocko
2020-09-04 21:10       ` Roman Gushchin
2020-09-07  7:20         ` Michal Hocko [this message]
2020-09-08 15:09           ` Zi Yan
2020-09-08 19:58             ` Roman Gushchin
2020-09-09  4:01               ` John Hubbard
2020-09-09  7:15               ` Michal Hocko
2020-09-03 14:23 ` Kirill A. Shutemov
2020-09-03 16:30   ` Roman Gushchin
2020-09-08 11:57     ` David Hildenbrand
2020-09-08 14:05       ` Zi Yan
2020-09-08 14:22         ` David Hildenbrand
2020-09-08 15:36           ` Zi Yan
2020-09-08 14:27         ` Matthew Wilcox
2020-09-08 15:50           ` Zi Yan
2020-09-09 12:11           ` Jason Gunthorpe
2020-09-09 12:32             ` Matthew Wilcox
2020-09-09 13:14               ` Jason Gunthorpe
2020-09-09 13:27                 ` David Hildenbrand
2020-09-10 10:02                   ` William Kucharski
2020-09-08 14:35         ` Michal Hocko
2020-09-08 14:41           ` Rik van Riel
2020-09-08 15:02             ` David Hildenbrand
2020-09-09  7:04             ` Michal Hocko
2020-09-09 13:19               ` Rik van Riel
2020-09-09 13:43                 ` David Hildenbrand
2020-09-09 13:49                   ` Rik van Riel
2020-09-09 13:54                     ` David Hildenbrand
2020-09-10  7:32                   ` Michal Hocko
2020-09-10  8:27                     ` David Hildenbrand
2020-09-10 14:21                       ` Zi Yan
2020-09-10 14:34                         ` David Hildenbrand
2020-09-10 14:41                           ` Zi Yan
2020-09-10 15:15                             ` David Hildenbrand
2020-09-10 13:32                     ` Rik van Riel
2020-09-10 14:30                       ` Zi Yan
2020-09-09 13:59                 ` Michal Hocko

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