On Mon 07-08-17 10:44:50, David Hildenbrand wrote:
> On 03.08.2017 13:59, Wei Wang wrote:
> > This patch is a revert of 'commit bb01b64cfab7 ("mm/balloon_compaction.c:
> > enqueue zero page to balloon device")'
> > 
> > Ballooned pages will be marked as MADV_DONTNEED by the hypervisor and
> > shouldn't be given to the host ksmd to scan. Therefore, it is not
> > necessary to zero ballooned pages, which is very time consuming when
> > the page amount is large. The ongoing fast balloon tests show that the
> > time to balloon 7G pages is increased from ~491ms to 2.8 seconds with
> > __GFP_ZERO added. So, this patch removes the flag.
> > 
> > Signed-off-by: Wei Wang <wei.w.w...@intel.com>
> > Cc: Michal Hocko <mho...@kernel.org>
> > Cc: Michael S. Tsirkin <m...@redhat.com>
> > ---
> >  mm/balloon_compaction.c | 2 +-
> >  1 file changed, 1 insertion(+), 1 deletion(-)
> > 
> > diff --git a/mm/balloon_compaction.c b/mm/balloon_compaction.c
> > index 9075aa5..b06d9fe 100644
> > --- a/mm/balloon_compaction.c
> > +++ b/mm/balloon_compaction.c
> > @@ -24,7 +24,7 @@ struct page *balloon_page_enqueue(struct balloon_dev_info 
> > *b_dev_info)
> >  {
> >     unsigned long flags;
> >     struct page *page = alloc_page(balloon_mapping_gfp_mask() |
> > -                           __GFP_NOMEMALLOC | __GFP_NORETRY | __GFP_ZERO);
> > +                                  __GFP_NOMEMALLOC | __GFP_NORETRY);
> >     if (!page)
> >             return NULL;
> >  
> > 
> 
> Your assumption here is, that the hypervisor will always supply a zero
> page. Unfortunately, this assumption is wrong (and it stems from the
> lack of different page size support in virtio-balloon).
> 
> Think about these examples:
> 
> 1. Guest is backed by huge pages (hugetbfs). Ballooning kicks in.
> 
> MADV_DONTNEED is simply ignored in the hypervisor (hugetlbfs requires
> fallocate punshhole). Also, trying to zap 4k on e.g. 1MB pages will
> simply be ignored.
> 
> 2. Guest on PPC uses 4k pages. Hypervisor uses 64k pages. trying to
> MADV_DONTNEED 4K on 64k pages will simply be ignored.
> 
> So unfortunately, zeroing the page is the right thing to do to cover all
> cases.

Maybe it is my absolute lack of familiarity with what the host actually
does with balloon pages but I fail to see why the above matters at all.
ksm will not try to merge sub page units (4k for hugetlb or a large base
page). And if you need to hide the guest contents then the host can
clear the respective subpage just fine. So could you be more explicit
why MADV_DONTNEED matters at all? Also does any host actually share sub
pages between different guests? This sounds like a bad idea to me in
general.
-- 
Michal Hocko
SUSE Labs
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