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Date:	Fri, 18 Jul 2014 11:07:19 -0400
From:	Johannes Weiner <hannes@...xchg.org>
To:	Michal Hocko <mhocko@...e.cz>
Cc:	Andrew Morton <akpm@...ux-foundation.org>,
	Hugh Dickins <hughd@...gle.com>, linux-mm@...ck.org,
	linux-kernel@...r.kernel.org
Subject: Re: [patch] mm: memcontrol: use page lists for uncharge batching

On Thu, Jul 17, 2014 at 05:29:36PM +0200, Michal Hocko wrote:
> On Mon 07-07-14 14:55:58, Johannes Weiner wrote:
> > Pages are now uncharged at release time, and all sources of batched
> > uncharges operate on lists of pages.  Directly use those lists, and
> > get rid of the per-task batching state.
> > 
> > This also batches statistics accounting, in addition to the res
> > counter charges, to reduce IRQ-disabling and re-enabling.
> 
> It is probably worth noticing that there is a higher chance of missing
> threshold events now when we can accumulate huge number of uncharges
> during munmaps. I do not think this is earth shattering and the overall
> improvement is worth it but changelog should mention it.

Does this actually matter, though?  We might deliver events a few
pages later than before, but as I read the threshold code, once
invoked it catches up from the last delivered threshold to the new
usage.  So we shouldn't *miss* any events.

> > Signed-off-by: Johannes Weiner <hannes@...xchg.org>
> 
> With the follow up fix from
> http://marc.info/?l=linux-mm&m=140552814228135&w=2
> 
> Acked-by: Michal Hocko <mhocko@...e.cz>

Thanks!

> > +static void uncharge_list(struct list_head *page_list)
> > +{
> > +	struct mem_cgroup *memcg = NULL;
> > +	unsigned long nr_memsw = 0;
> > +	unsigned long nr_anon = 0;
> > +	unsigned long nr_file = 0;
> > +	unsigned long nr_huge = 0;
> > +	unsigned long pgpgout = 0;
> > +	unsigned long nr_mem = 0;
> > +	struct list_head *next;
> > +	struct page *page;
> > +
> > +	next = page_list->next;
> > +	do {
> 
> I would use list_for_each_entry here which would also save list_empty
> check in mem_cgroup_uncharge_list

list_for_each_entry() wouldn't work for the singleton list where we
pass in page->lru.  That's why it's a do-while that always does the
first page before checking whether it looped back to the list head.

Do we need a comment for that?  I'm not convinced, there are only two
callsites, and the one that passes the singleton page->lru is right
below this function.
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