[PATCH v2] memcg: reduce lock time at move charge (Was Re: [PATCH 04/10] memcg: disable local interrupts in lock_page_cgroup()

Andrew Morton akpm at linux-foundation.org
Thu Oct 7 16:14:54 PDT 2010

On Thu, 7 Oct 2010 17:04:05 +0900
KAMEZAWA Hiroyuki <kamezawa.hiroyu at jp.fujitsu.com> wrote:

> Now, at task migration among cgroup, memory cgroup scans page table and moving
> account if flags are properly set.
> The core code, mem_cgroup_move_charge_pte_range() does
>  	pte_offset_map_lock();
> 	for all ptes in a page table:
> 		1. look into page table, find_and_get a page
> 		2. remove it from LRU.
> 		3. move charge.
> 		4. putback to LRU. put_page()
> 	pte_offset_map_unlock();
> for pte entries on a 3rd level? page table.
> This pte_offset_map_lock seems a bit long. This patch modifies a rountine as
> 	for 32 pages: pte_offset_map_lock()
> 		      find_and_get a page
> 		      record it
> 		      pte_offset_map_unlock()
> 	for all recorded pages
> 		      isolate it from LRU.
> 		      move charge
> 		      putback to LRU
> 	for all recorded pages
> 		      put_page()

The patch makes the code larger, more complex and slower!

I do think we're owed a more complete description of its benefits than
"seems a bit long".  Have problems been observed?  Any measurements

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