On Tue, Oct 18, 2016 at 06:55:12PM +0530, Goel, Akash wrote:
> On 10/18/2016 5:35 PM, Joonas Lahtinen wrote:
> >On ma, 2016-04-04 at 14:18 +0100, Chris Wilson wrote:
> >>From: Akash Goel <akash.g...@intel.com>
> >>
> >>On a long run of more than 2-3 days, physical memory tends to get
> >>fragmented severely, which considerably slows down the system. In such a
> >>scenario, the shrinker is also unable to help as lack of memory is not
> >>the actual problem, since it has been observed that there are enough free
> >>pages of 0 order. This also manifests itself when an indiviual zone in
> >>the mm runs out of pages and if we cannot migrate pages between zones,
> >>the kernel hits an out-of-memory even though there are free pages (and
> >>often all of swap) available.
> >>
> >>To address the issue of external fragementation, kernel does a compaction
> >>(which involves migration of pages) but it's efficacy depends upon how
> >>many pages are marked as MOVABLE, as only those pages can be migrated.
> >>
> >>Currently the backing pages for GFX buffers are allocated from shmemfs
> >>with GFP_RECLAIMABLE flag, in units of 4KB pages.  In the case of limited
> >>swap space, it may not be possible always to reclaim or swap-out pages of
> >>all the inactive objects, to make way for free space allowing formation
> >>of higher order groups of physically-contiguous pages on compaction.
> >>
> >>Just marking the GPU pages as MOVABLE will not suffice, as i915.ko has to
> >>pin the pages if they are in use by GPU, which will prevent their
> >>migration. So the migratepage callback in shmem is also hooked up to get
> >>a notification when kernel initiates the page migration. On the
> >>notification, i915.ko appropriately unpin the pages.  With this we can
> >>effectively mark the GPU pages as MOVABLE and hence mitigate the
> >>fragmentation problem.
> >>
> >>v2:
> >> - Rename the migration routine to gem_shrink_migratepage, move it to the
> >>   shrinker file, and use the existing constructs (Chris)
> >> - To cleanup, add a new helper function to encapsulate all page migration
> >>   skip conditions (Chris)
> >> - Add a new local helper function in shrinker file, for dropping the
> >>   backing pages, and call the same from gem_shrink() also (Chris)
> >>
> >>v3:
> >> - Fix/invert the check on the return value of unsafe_drop_pages (Chris)
> >>
> >>v4:
> >> - Minor tidy
> >>
> >>Testcase: igt/gem_shrink
> >>Bugzilla: (e.g.) https://bugs.freedesktop.org/show_bug.cgi?id=90254
> >>Cc: Hugh Dickins <hu...@google.com>
> >>Cc: linux...@kvack.org
> >>Signed-off-by: Sourab Gupta <sourab.gu...@intel.com>
> >>Signed-off-by: Akash Goel <akash.g...@intel.com>
> >>Reviewed-by: Chris Wilson <ch...@chris-wilson.co.uk>
> >
> >Could this patch be re-spinned on top of current nightly?
> >
> Sure will rebase it on top of nightly.

It's in my tree (on top of nightly) already with Joonas' r-b.

Chris Wilson, Intel Open Source Technology Centre
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