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* [PATCH] mm: vmscan: reduce throttling due to a failure to make progress -fix
@ 2021-12-09  9:54 Mel Gorman
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From: Mel Gorman @ 2021-12-09  9:54 UTC (permalink / raw)
  To: Andrew Morton
  Cc: Hugh Dickins, Michal Hocko, Vlastimil Babka, Alexey Avramov,
	Rik van Riel, Mike Galbraith, Darrick Wong, Shakeel Butt,
	regressions, Linux-fsdevel, Linux-MM, LKML

Hugh Dickins reported the following

	My tmpfs swapping load (tweaked to use huge pages more heavily
	than in real life) is far from being a realistic load: but it was
	notably slowed down by your throttling mods in 5.16-rc, and this
	patch makes it well again - thanks.

	But: it very quickly hit NULL pointer until I changed that last
	line to

        if (first_pgdat)
                consider_reclaim_throttle(first_pgdat, sc);

The likely issue is that huge pages are a major component of the test
workload. When this is the case, first_pgdat may never get set if
compaction is ready to continue due to this check

            sc->order > PAGE_ALLOC_COSTLY_ORDER &&
            compaction_ready(zone, sc)) {
                sc->compaction_ready = true;

If this was true for every zone in the zonelist, first_pgdat would never
get set resulting in a NULL pointer exception.

This is a fix to the mmotm patch

Reported-by: Hugh Dickins <>
Signed-off-by: Mel Gorman <>
 mm/vmscan.c | 3 ++-
 1 file changed, 2 insertions(+), 1 deletion(-)

diff --git a/mm/vmscan.c b/mm/vmscan.c
index 4c4d5f6cd8a3..700434db5735 100644
--- a/mm/vmscan.c
+++ b/mm/vmscan.c
@@ -3530,7 +3530,8 @@ static void shrink_zones(struct zonelist *zonelist, struct scan_control *sc)
 		shrink_node(zone->zone_pgdat, sc);
-	consider_reclaim_throttle(first_pgdat, sc);
+	if (first_pgdat)
+		consider_reclaim_throttle(first_pgdat, sc);
 	 * Restore to original mask to avoid the impact on the caller if we

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