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From: Martin Steigerwald <Martin@lichtvoll.de>
To: Seth Jennings <sjenning@linux.vnet.ibm.com>,
	linux-mm@kvack.org, linux-kernel@vger.kernel.org
Subject: zswap: How to determine whether it is compressing swap pages?
Date: Wed, 17 Jul 2013 12:04:38 +0200	[thread overview]
Message-ID: <1674223.HVFdAhB7u5@merkaba> (raw)

Hi Seth, hi everyone,

Yesterday I build 3.11-rc1 with CONFIG_ZSWAP and wanted to test it.

I added zswap.enabled=1 and get:

martin@merkaba:~> dmesg | grep zswap
[    0.000000] Command line: BOOT_IMAGE=/vmlinuz-3.11.0-rc1-tp520+ 
root=/dev/mapper/merkaba-debian ro rootflags=subvol=root init=/bin/systemd 
cgroup_enable=memory threadirqs i915.i915_enable_rc6=7 zcache zswap.enabled=1
[    0.000000] Kernel command line: BOOT_IMAGE=/vmlinuz-3.11.0-rc1-tp520+ 
root=/dev/mapper/merkaba-debian ro rootflags=subvol=root init=/bin/systemd 
cgroup_enable=memory threadirqs i915.i915_enable_rc6=7 zcache zswap.enabled=1
[    1.452443] zswap: loading zswap
[    1.452465] zswap: using lzo compressor


I did a stress -m 1 --vm-keep --vm-bytes 4G on this 8 GB ThinkPad T520 in 
order to allocate some swap.

Still I think zswap didn´t do anything:

merkaba:/sys/kernel/debug/zswap> grep . *
duplicate_entry:0
pool_limit_hit:0
pool_pages:0
reject_alloc_fail:0
reject_compress_poor:0
reject_kmemcache_fail:0
reject_reclaim_fail:0
stored_pages:0
written_back_pages:0


However:

merkaba:/sys/kernel/slab/zswap_entry> grep . *
aliases:9
align:8
grep: alloc_calls: Die angeforderte Funktion ist nicht implementiert
cache_dma:0
cpu_partial:0
cpu_slabs:4 N0=4
destroy_by_rcu:0
grep: free_calls: Die angeforderte Funktion ist nicht implementiert
hwcache_align:0
min_partial:5
objects:2550 N0=2550
object_size:48
objects_partial:0
objs_per_slab:85
order:0
partial:0
poison:0
reclaim_account:0
red_zone:0
remote_node_defrag_ratio:100
reserved:0
sanity_checks:0
slabs:30 N0=30
slabs_cpu_partial:0(0)
slab_size:48
store_user:0
total_objects:2550 N0=2550
trace:0

It has some objects it seems.


How do I know whether zswap actually does something?

Will zswap work even with zcache enabled? As I understand zcache compresses 
swap device pages on the block device level in addition to compressing read 
cache pages of usual filesystems. Which one takes precedence, zcache or zswap? 
Can I disable zcache for swap device?



Here is dmesg for zcache:

martin@merkaba:~> dmesg | grep zcache
[    0.000000] Command line: BOOT_IMAGE=/vmlinuz-3.11.0-rc1-tp520+ 
root=/dev/mapper/merkaba-debian ro rootflags=subvol=root init=/bin/systemd 
cgroup_enable=memory threadirqs i915.i915_enable_rc6=7 zcache zswap.enabled=1
[    0.000000] Kernel command line: BOOT_IMAGE=/vmlinuz-3.11.0-rc1-tp520+ 
root=/dev/mapper/merkaba-debian ro rootflags=subvol=root init=/bin/systemd 
cgroup_enable=memory threadirqs i915.i915_enable_rc6=7 zcache zswap.enabled=1
[    1.453531] zcache: using lzo compressor
[    1.453634] zcache: cleancache enabled using kernel transcendent memory and 
compression buddies
[    1.453679] zcache: frontswap enabled using kernel transcendent memory and 
compression buddies
[    1.453722] zcache: frontswap_ops overridden
[    5.358288] zcache: created ephemeral local tmem pool, id=0
[    8.155684] zcache: created persistent local tmem pool, id=1
[    8.331680] zcache: created ephemeral local tmem pool, id=2
[    8.593235] zcache: created ephemeral local tmem pool, id=3
[    8.743330] zcache: created ephemeral local tmem pool, id=4


Thanks,
-- 
Martin 'Helios' Steigerwald - http://www.Lichtvoll.de
GPG: 03B0 0D6C 0040 0710 4AFA  B82F 991B EAAC A599 84C7

             reply	other threads:[~2013-07-17 10:04 UTC|newest]

Thread overview: 6+ messages / expand[flat|nested]  mbox.gz  Atom feed  top
2013-07-17 10:04 Martin Steigerwald [this message]
2013-07-17 10:42 ` Bob Liu
2013-07-17 11:41   ` Martin Steigerwald
     [not found]     ` <20130717143834.GA4379@variantweb.net>
2013-07-17 19:38       ` Martin Steigerwald
2013-07-18 12:43         ` Bob Liu
2013-07-18 17:36           ` Valdis.Kletnieks

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