On 30.06.20 16:26, David Hildenbrand wrote:
> We can already have pages that can be offlined but not allocated in
> ZONE_MOVABLE - PageHWPoison pages. While these pages can be skipped when
> offlining ("moving them to /dev/null"), we cannot move them when
> allocating.
> virtio-mem managed memory is similar. The logical memory holes
> corresponding to unplug memory ranges can be skipped when offlining,
> however, the pages cannot be moved. Currently, virtio-mem special-cases
> ZONE_MOVABLE, such that:
> - partially plugged memory blocks it added to Linux cannot be onlined to
> - when unplugging memory, it will never consider memory blocks that were
>   onlined to ZONE_MOVABLE
> We also want to support ZONE_MOVABLE in virtio-mem for both cases. Note
> that virtio-mem does not blindly try to unplug random pages within its
> managed memory region. It always plugs memory left-to-right and tries to
> unplug memory right-to-left - in roughly MAX_ORDER - 1 granularity. In
> theory, the movable ZONE part would only shrink when unplugging memory
> Let's perform the ZONE_MOVABLE optimization only for memory offlining,
> such that we reduce the number of false positives from
> has_unmovable_pages() in case of alloc_contig_range() on ZONE_MOVABLE.
> Note: We currently don't seem to have any user of alloc_contig_range()
> that actually uses ZONE_MOVABLE. This change is mostly valuable for the
> documentation.
> Cc: Andrew Morton <a...@linux-foundation.org>
> Cc: Michal Hocko <mho...@suse.com>
> Cc: Michael S. Tsirkin <m...@redhat.com>
> Signed-off-by: David Hildenbrand <da...@redhat.com>
> ---
>  mm/page_alloc.c | 7 +++++--
>  1 file changed, 5 insertions(+), 2 deletions(-)
> diff --git a/mm/page_alloc.c b/mm/page_alloc.c
> index bd3ebf08f09b9..45077d74d975d 100644
> --- a/mm/page_alloc.c
> +++ b/mm/page_alloc.c
> @@ -8237,9 +8237,12 @@ struct page *has_unmovable_pages(struct zone *zone, 
> struct page *page,
>               /*
>                * If the zone is movable and we have ruled out all reserved
>                * pages then it should be reasonably safe to assume the rest
> -              * is movable.
> +              * is movable. As we can have some pages in the movable zone
> +              * that are only considered movable for memory offlining (esp.,
> +              * PageHWPoison and PageOffline that will be skipped), we
> +              * perform this optimization only for memory offlining.
>                */
> -             if (zone_idx(zone) == ZONE_MOVABLE)
> +             if ((flags & MEMORY_OFFLINE) && zone_idx(zone) == ZONE_MOVABLE)
>                       continue;
>               /*

So, as we don't have any alloc_contig_range() users that use
ZONE_MOVABLE for now, and virtio-mem will be the only one for now (which
accounts for 50% of the special cases - PG_offline), I think we might
drop this patch.

Worst think is that if we ever have other alloc_contig_range() users,
that we return "false" from has_unmovable_pages() and fail later when
trying to migrate/isolate all pages. This should, however, only happen
in rare cases (and there are already other cases where we have basically
unmovable data - long-term pinnings).

On the plus side, keeping the ZONE_MOVABLE optimizations here also
allows virtio-mem to better tolerate unstable page flags when trying to



David / dhildenb

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