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From: Mel Gorman <>
To: Vlastimil Babka <>
Cc: Andrew Morton <>,,,
	Michal Hocko <>,
	David Rientjes <>,
	Joonsoo Kim <>,
Subject: Re: [PATCH] mm, page_alloc: do not break __GFP_THISNODE by zonelist reset
Date: Mon, 28 May 2018 09:49:40 +0100
Message-ID: <> (raw)
In-Reply-To: <>

On Fri, May 25, 2018 at 03:08:53PM +0200, Vlastimil Babka wrote:
> In __alloc_pages_slowpath() we reset zonelist and preferred_zoneref for
> allocations that can ignore memory policies. The zonelist is obtained from
> current CPU's node. This is a problem for __GFP_THISNODE allocations that want
> to allocate on a different node, e.g. because the allocating thread has been
> migrated to a different CPU.
> This has been observed to break SLAB in our 4.4-based kernel, because there it
> relies on __GFP_THISNODE working as intended. If a slab page is put on wrong
> node's list, then further list manipulations may corrupt the list because
> page_to_nid() is used to determine which node's list_lock should be locked and
> thus we may take a wrong lock and race.
> Current SLAB implementation seems to be immune by luck thanks to commit
> 511e3a058812 ("mm/slab: make cache_grow() handle the page allocated on
> arbitrary node") but there may be others assuming that __GFP_THISNODE works as
> promised.
> We can fix it by simply removing the zonelist reset completely. There is
> actually no reason to reset it, because memory policies and cpusets don't
> affect the zonelist choice in the first place. This was different when commit
> 183f6371aac2 ("mm: ignore mempolicies when using ALLOC_NO_WATERMARK")
> introduced the code, as mempolicies provided their own restricted zonelists.
> Signed-off-by: Vlastimil Babka <>
> Fixes: 183f6371aac2 ("mm: ignore mempolicies when using ALLOC_NO_WATERMARK")

Acked-by: Mel Gorman <>


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Thread overview: 7+ messages / expand[flat|nested]  mbox.gz  Atom feed  top
2018-05-25 13:08 Vlastimil Babka
2018-05-25 19:43 ` Andrew Morton
2018-05-25 20:48   ` Vlastimil Babka
2018-05-28  9:55     ` Vlastimil Babka
2018-05-28  7:21   ` Michal Hocko
2018-05-28 10:00     ` Vlastimil Babka
2018-05-28  8:49 ` Mel Gorman [this message]

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