[v3,4/5] mm/madvise: allow KSM hints for remote API
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Message ID 20200128001641.5086-5-minchan@kernel.org
State Superseded
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  • introduce memory hinting API for external process
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Minchan Kim Jan. 28, 2020, 12:16 a.m. UTC
From: Oleksandr Natalenko <oleksandr@redhat.com>

It all began with the fact that KSM works only on memory that is marked
by madvise(). And the only way to get around that is to either:

  * use LD_PRELOAD; or
  * patch the kernel with something like UKSM or PKSM.

(i skip ptrace can of worms here intentionally)

To overcome this restriction, lets employ a new remote madvise API. This
can be used by some small userspace helper daemon that will do auto-KSM
job for us.

I think of two major consumers of remote KSM hints:

  * hosts, that run containers, especially similar ones and especially in
    a trusted environment, sharing the same runtime like Node.js;

  * heavy applications, that can be run in multiple instances, not
    limited to opensource ones like Firefox, but also those that cannot be
    modified since they are binary-only and, maybe, statically linked.

Speaking of statistics, more numbers can be found in the very first
submission, that is related to this one [1]. For my current setup with
two Firefox instances I get 100 to 200 MiB saved for the second instance
depending on the amount of tabs.

1 FF instance with 15 tabs:

   $ echo "$(cat /sys/kernel/mm/ksm/pages_sharing) * 4 / 1024" | bc

2 FF instances, second one has 12 tabs (all the tabs are different):

   $ echo "$(cat /sys/kernel/mm/ksm/pages_sharing) * 4 / 1024" | bc

At the very moment I do not have specific numbers for containerised
workload, but those should be comparable in case the containers share
similar/same runtime.

[1] https://lore.kernel.org/patchwork/patch/1012142/

Signed-off-by: Oleksandr Natalenko <oleksandr@redhat.com>
Signed-off-by: Minchan Kim <minchan@kernel.org>
 mm/madvise.c | 4 ++++
 1 file changed, 4 insertions(+)

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diff --git a/mm/madvise.c b/mm/madvise.c
index bc0a72dbf80e..39c40cbb389e 100644
--- a/mm/madvise.c
+++ b/mm/madvise.c
@@ -1002,6 +1002,10 @@  process_madvise_behavior_valid(int behavior)
 	switch (behavior) {
 	case MADV_COLD:
+#ifdef CONFIG_KSM
 		return true;
 		return false;