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From: Minchan Kim <minchan@kernel.org>
To: Michal Hocko <mhocko@kernel.org>
Cc: Andrew Morton <akpm@linux-foundation.org>,
	linux-mm <linux-mm@kvack.org>,
	LKML <linux-kernel@vger.kernel.org>,
	linux-api@vger.kernel.org, Johannes Weiner <hannes@cmpxchg.org>,
	Tim Murray <timmurray@google.com>,
	Joel Fernandes <joel@joelfernandes.org>,
	Suren Baghdasaryan <surenb@google.com>,
	Daniel Colascione <dancol@google.com>,
	Shakeel Butt <shakeelb@google.com>,
	Sonny Rao <sonnyrao@google.com>,
	Brian Geffon <bgeffon@google.com>,
	jannh@google.com, oleg@redhat.com, christian@brauner.io,
	oleksandr@redhat.com, hdanton@sina.com
Subject: Re: [RFCv2 3/6] mm: introduce MADV_PAGEOUT
Date: Fri, 31 May 2019 22:44:47 +0900
Message-ID: <20190531134447.GD195463@google.com> (raw)
In-Reply-To: <20190531085044.GJ6896@dhcp22.suse.cz>

On Fri, May 31, 2019 at 10:50:44AM +0200, Michal Hocko wrote:
> On Fri 31-05-19 15:43:10, Minchan Kim wrote:
> > When a process expects no accesses to a certain memory range
> > for a long time, it could hint kernel that the pages can be
> > reclaimed instantly but data should be preserved for future use.
> > This could reduce workingset eviction so it ends up increasing
> > performance.
> > 
> > This patch introduces the new MADV_PAGEOUT hint to madvise(2)
> > syscall. MADV_PAGEOUT can be used by a process to mark a memory
> > range as not expected to be used for a long time so that kernel
> > reclaims the memory instantly. The hint can help kernel in deciding
> > which pages to evict proactively.
> 
> Again, are there any restictions on what kind of memory can be paged out?
> Private/Shared, anonymous/file backed. Any restrictions on mapping type.
> Etc. Please make sure all that is in the changelog.

It's same with MADV_COLD. Yes, I will include all detail in the
description.

> 
> What are the failure modes? E.g. what if the swap is full, does the call
> fails or it silently ignores the error?

In such case, just ignore the swapout. It returns -EINVAL only if the
vma is one of (VM_LOCKED|VM_HUGETLB|VM_PFNMAP) at this moment.

> 
> Thanks!
> -- 
> Michal Hocko
> SUSE Labs

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Thread overview: 39+ messages / expand[flat|nested]  mbox.gz  Atom feed  top
2019-05-31  6:43 [RFCv2 0/6] introduce memory hinting API for external process Minchan Kim
2019-05-31  6:43 ` [RFCv2 1/6] mm: introduce MADV_COLD Minchan Kim
2019-05-31  8:47   ` Michal Hocko
2019-05-31 13:39     ` Minchan Kim
2019-05-31 14:03       ` Michal Hocko
2019-05-31 14:34         ` Minchan Kim
2019-06-03  7:16           ` Michal Hocko
2019-06-03 15:43             ` Daniel Colascione
2019-06-03 17:27             ` Johannes Weiner
2019-06-03 20:32               ` Michal Hocko
2019-06-03 21:50                 ` Johannes Weiner
2019-06-03 23:02                   ` Minchan Kim
2019-06-04  6:56                     ` Michal Hocko
2019-06-04 12:06                     ` Johannes Weiner
2019-06-04  6:55                   ` Michal Hocko
2019-06-04  4:26             ` Minchan Kim
2019-06-04  7:02               ` Michal Hocko
2019-05-31  6:43 ` [RFCv2 2/6] mm: change PAGEREF_RECLAIM_CLEAN with PAGE_REFRECLAIM Minchan Kim
2019-05-31  6:43 ` [RFCv2 3/6] mm: introduce MADV_PAGEOUT Minchan Kim
2019-05-31  8:50   ` Michal Hocko
2019-05-31 13:44     ` Minchan Kim [this message]
2019-05-31 16:59   ` Johannes Weiner
2019-05-31 23:14     ` Minchan Kim
2019-05-31  6:43 ` [RFCv2 4/6] mm: factor out madvise's core functionality Minchan Kim
2019-05-31  7:04   ` Oleksandr Natalenko
2019-05-31 13:12     ` Minchan Kim
2019-05-31 14:35       ` Oleksandr Natalenko
2019-05-31 23:29         ` Minchan Kim
2019-06-05 13:27           ` Oleksandr Natalenko
2019-06-10 10:12             ` Minchan Kim
2019-05-31  6:43 ` [RFCv2 5/6] mm: introduce external memory hinting API Minchan Kim
2019-05-31  8:37   ` Michal Hocko
2019-05-31 13:19     ` Minchan Kim
2019-05-31 14:00       ` Michal Hocko
2019-05-31 14:11         ` Minchan Kim
2019-05-31 17:35   ` Daniel Colascione
2019-05-31  6:43 ` [RFCv2 6/6] mm: extend process_madvise syscall to support vector arrary Minchan Kim
2019-05-31 10:06   ` Yann Droneaud
2019-05-31 23:18     ` Minchan Kim

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