On Mon, 5 Mar 2018 16:57:40 -0800 Mike Kravetz <mike.krav...@oracle.com> wrote:

> >>>
> >>> I could not immediately come up with a good idea here.  The zone lock
> >>> would be the obvious choice, but I don't think we want to hold it while
> >>> examining each of the page blocks.  Perhaps a new lock or semaphore
> >>> associated with the zone?  I'm open to suggestions.
> >>
> >> Yes, I think it would need a new lock.  Hopefully a mutex.
> > 
> > I'll look into adding an 'isolate' mutex to the zone structure and reworking
> > this patch.
> I went back and examined the 'isolation functionality' with an eye on perhaps
> adding a mutex for some higher level synchronization.  However, there does
> not appear to be a straight forward solution.
> What we really need is some way of preventing two threads from operating on
> the same set of page blocks concurrently.  We do not want a big mutex, as
> we do want two threads to run in parallel if operating on separate
> non-overlapping ranges (CMA does this today).  If we did this, I think we
> would need a new data structure to represent page blocks within a zone.
> start_isolate_page_range() would then then check the new data structure for
> conflicts, and if none found mark the range it is operating on as 'in use'.
> undo_isolate_page_range() would clear the entries for the range in the new
> data structure.  Such information would hang off the zone and be protected
> by the zone lock.  The new data structure could be static (like a bit map),
> or dynamic.  It certainly is doable, but ...
> The more I think about it, the more I like my original proposal.  The
> comment "blundering through a whole bunch of pages then saying whoops
> then undoing everything is unpleasing" is certainly true.  But do note
> that after isolating the page blocks, we will then attempt to migrate
> pages within those blocks.  There is a more than a minimal chance that
> we will not be able to migrate something within the set of page blocks.
> In that case we again say whoops and undo even more work.
> I am relatively new to this area of code.  Therefore, it would be good to
> get comments from some of the original authors.

hm, OK.  Perhaps it would help to produce a v2 which has more comments
and changelogging describing what's happening here and why things are
as they are.

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