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Date:	Mon, 15 Jan 2007 21:48:09 -0800 (PST)
From:	Christoph Lameter <>
Cc:	Paul Menage <>,,
	Nick Piggin <>,,
	Andi Kleen <>, Paul Jackson <>,
	Dave Chinner <>,
	Christoph Lameter <>
Subject: [RFC 5/8] Make writeout during reclaim cpuset aware

Direct reclaim: cpuset aware writeout

During direct reclaim we traverse down a zonelist and are carefully
checking each zone if its a member of the active cpuset. But then we call
pdflush without enforcing the same restrictions. In a larger system this
may have the effect of a massive amount of pages being dirtied and then either

A. No writeout occurs because global dirty limits have not been reached


B. Writeout starts randomly for some dirty inode in the system. Pdflush
   may just write out data for nodes in another cpuset and miss doing
   proper dirty handling for the current cpuset.

In both cases dirty pages in the zones of interest may not be affected
and writeout may not occur as necessary.

Fix that by restricting pdflush to the active cpuset. Writeout will occur
from direct reclaim as in an SMP system.

Signed-off-by: Christoph Lameter <>

Index: linux-2.6.20-rc5/mm/vmscan.c
--- linux-2.6.20-rc5.orig/mm/vmscan.c	2007-01-15 21:34:43.173887398 -0600
+++ linux-2.6.20-rc5/mm/vmscan.c	2007-01-15 21:37:26.605346439 -0600
@@ -1065,7 +1065,8 @@ unsigned long try_to_free_pages(struct z
 		if (total_scanned > sc.swap_cluster_max +
 					sc.swap_cluster_max / 2) {
-			wakeup_pdflush(laptop_mode ? 0 : total_scanned, NULL);
+			wakeup_pdflush(laptop_mode ? 0 : total_scanned,
+				&cpuset_current_mems_allowed);
 			sc.may_writepage = 1;
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