On Tue, Sep 20, 2016 at 10:54:35AM +0800, Huang, Ying wrote:
> Hi, Minchan,
> Minchan Kim <minc...@kernel.org> writes:
> > Hi Huang,
> > On Sun, Sep 18, 2016 at 09:53:39AM +0800, Huang, Ying wrote:
> >> Minchan Kim <minc...@kernel.org> writes:
> >> > On Tue, Sep 13, 2016 at 04:53:49PM +0800, Huang, Ying wrote:
> >> >> Minchan Kim <minc...@kernel.org> writes:
> >> >> > On Tue, Sep 13, 2016 at 02:40:00PM +0800, Huang, Ying wrote:
> >> >> >> Minchan Kim <minc...@kernel.org> writes:
> >> >> >>
> >> >> >> > Hi Huang,
> >> >> >> >
> >> >> >> > On Fri, Sep 09, 2016 at 01:35:12PM -0700, Huang, Ying wrote:
> >> >> >> >
> >> >> > 1. If we solve batching swapout, then how is THP split for swapout
> >> >> > bad?
> >> >> > 2. Also, how is current conservatie swapin from khugepaged bad?
> >> >> >
> >> >> > I think it's one of decision point for the motivation of your work
> >> >> > and for 1, we need batching swapout feature.
> >> >> >
> >> >> > I am saying again that I'm not against your goal but only concern
> >> >> > is approach. If you don't agree, please ignore me.
> >> >>
> >> >> I am glad to discuss my final goal, that is, swapping out/in the full
> >> >> THP without splitting. Why I want to do that is copied as below,
> >> >
> >> > Yes, it's your *final* goal but what if it couldn't be acceptable
> >> > on second step you mentioned above, for example?
> >> >
> >> > Unncessary binded implementation to rejected work.
> >> So I want to discuss my final goal. If people accept my final goal,
> >> this is resolved. If people don't accept, I will reconsider it.
> > No.
> > Please keep it in mind. There are lots of factors the project would
> > be broken during going on by several reasons because we are human being
> > so we can simply miss something clear and realize it later that it's
> > not feasible. Otherwise, others can show up with better idea for the
> > goal or fix other subsystem which can affect your goals.
> > I don't want to say such boring theoretical stuffs any more.
> > My point is patchset should be self-contained if you really want to go
> > with step-by-step approach because we are likely to miss something
> > *easily*.
> >> > If you want to achieve your goal step by step, please consider if
> >> > one of step you are thinking could be rejected but steps already
> >> > merged should be self-contained without side-effect.
> >> What is the side-effect or possible regressions of the step 1 as in this
> > Adding code complexity for unproved feature.
> > When I read your steps, your *most important* goal is to avoid split/
> > collapsing anon THP page for swap out/in. As a bonus with the approach,
> > we could increase swapout/in bandwidth, too. Do I understand correctly?
> It's hard to say what is the *most important* goal. But it is clear
> that to improve swapout/in performance isn't the only goal. The other
> goal to avoid split/collapsing THP page for swap out/in is very
> important too.
Okay, then, couldn't you focus a goal in patchset? After solving a problem,
then next one. What's the problem?
One of your goal is swapout performance and it's same with Tim's work.
That's why I wanted to make your patchset based on Tim's work. But if you
want your patch first, please make patchset independent with your other goal
so everyone can review easily and focus on *a* problem.
In your patchset, THP split delaying part could be folded into in your second
patchset which is to avoid THP split/collapsing.
> > However, swap-in/out bandwidth enhance is common requirement for both
> > normal and THP page and with Tim's work, we could enhance swapout path.
> > So, I think you should give us to number about how THP split is bad
> > for the swapout bandwidth even though we applied Tim's work.
> > If it's serious, next approach is yours that we could tweak swap code
> > be aware of a THP to avoid splitting a THP.
> It's not only about CPU cycles spent in splitting and collapsing THP,
> but also how to make THP work effectively on systems with swap turned
> To avoid disturbing user applications etc., THP collapsing doesn't work
> aggressively to collapse anonymous pages into THP. This means, once the
> THP is split, it will take quite long time (wall time, instead of CPU
> cycles) to be collapsed to become a THP, especially on machines with
> large memory size. And on systems with swap turned on, THP will be
> split during swap out/in now. If much swapping out/in is triggered
> during system running, it is possible that many THP is split, and have
> no chance to be collapsed. Even if the THP that has been split gets
> opportunity to be collapsed again, the applications lose the opportunity
> to take advantage of the THP for quite long time too. And the memory
> will be fragmented during the process, this makes it hard to allocate
> new THP. The end result is that THP usage is very low in this
> situation. One solution is to avoid to split/collapse THP during swap
I understand what you want. I have a few questions for the goal but
will not ask now because I want to see more in your description to
understand current situation well.
Huang, please, don't mix your goals in a patchset and include your
claim with number we can justify. It would make more reviewer happy.