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From: Dave Hansen <dave.hansen@intel.com>
To: Mel Gorman <mgorman@techsingularity.net>, Linux-MM <linux-mm@kvack.org>
Cc: Dave Hansen <dave.hansen@linux.intel.com>,
	Matthew Wilcox <willy@infradead.org>,
	Vlastimil Babka <vbabka@suse.cz>,
	Michal Hocko <mhocko@kernel.org>,
	Nicholas Piggin <npiggin@gmail.com>,
	LKML <linux-kernel@vger.kernel.org>
Subject: Re: [PATCH 1/6] mm/page_alloc: Delete vm.percpu_pagelist_fraction
Date: Fri, 21 May 2021 14:04:25 -0700	[thread overview]
Message-ID: <bd19a014-f5bb-eb75-e44c-51d14cd62868@intel.com> (raw)
In-Reply-To: <20210521102826.28552-2-mgorman@techsingularity.net>

On 5/21/21 3:28 AM, Mel Gorman wrote:
> The vm.percpu_pagelist_fraction is used to increase the batch and high
> limits for the per-cpu page allocator (PCP). The intent behind the sysctl
> is to reduce zone lock acquisition when allocating/freeing pages but it has
> a problem. While it can decrease contention, it can also increase latency
> on the allocation side due to unreasonably large batch sizes. This leads
> to games where an administrator adjusts percpu_pagelist_fraction on the
> fly to work around contention and allocation latency problems.
> 
> This series aims to alleviate the problems with zone lock contention while
> avoiding the allocation-side latency problems. For the purposes of review,
> it's easier to remove this sysctl now and reintroduce a similar sysctl
> later in the series that deals only with pcp->high.
> 
> Signed-off-by: Mel Gorman <mgorman@techsingularity.net>

I despise working with percpu_pagelist_fraction.  I usually just end up
poking random numbers into it and then checking what the fallout looks
like in /proc/zoneinfo is.

Good riddance.

Acked-by: Dave Hansen <dave.hansen@linux.intel.com>

  reply	other threads:[~2021-05-21 21:04 UTC|newest]

Thread overview: 22+ messages / expand[flat|nested]  mbox.gz  Atom feed  top
2021-05-21 10:28 [RFC PATCH 0/6] Calculate pcp->high based on zone sizes and active CPUs Mel Gorman
2021-05-21 10:28 ` [PATCH 1/6] mm/page_alloc: Delete vm.percpu_pagelist_fraction Mel Gorman
2021-05-21 21:04   ` Dave Hansen [this message]
2021-05-21 10:28 ` [PATCH 2/6] mm/page_alloc: Disassociate the pcp->high from pcp->batch Mel Gorman
2021-05-21 21:52   ` Dave Hansen
2021-05-24  8:32     ` Mel Gorman
2021-05-21 10:28 ` [PATCH 3/6] mm/page_alloc: Adjust pcp->high after CPU hotplug events Mel Gorman
2021-05-21 22:13   ` Dave Hansen
2021-05-24  9:07     ` Mel Gorman
2021-05-24 15:52       ` Dave Hansen
2021-05-24 16:01         ` Mel Gorman
2021-05-21 10:28 ` [PATCH 4/6] mm/page_alloc: Scale the number of pages that are batch freed Mel Gorman
2021-05-21 22:36   ` Dave Hansen
2021-05-24  9:12     ` Mel Gorman
2021-05-21 10:28 ` [PATCH 5/6] mm/page_alloc: Limit the number of pages on PCP lists when reclaim is active Mel Gorman
2021-05-21 22:44   ` Dave Hansen
2021-05-24  9:22     ` Mel Gorman
2021-05-21 10:28 ` [PATCH 6/6] mm/page_alloc: Introduce vm.percpu_pagelist_high_fraction Mel Gorman
2021-05-21 22:57   ` Dave Hansen
2021-05-24  9:25     ` Mel Gorman
2021-05-25  8:01 [PATCH 0/6 v2] Calculate pcp->high based on zone sizes and active CPUs Mel Gorman
2021-05-25  8:01 ` [PATCH 1/6] mm/page_alloc: Delete vm.percpu_pagelist_fraction Mel Gorman
2021-05-26 17:41   ` Vlastimil Babka

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