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Date:	Fri, 25 Jul 2014 13:28:01 +0100
From:	Mel Gorman <mgorman@...e.de>
To:	Vlastimil Babka <vbabka@...e.cz>
Cc:	linux-mm@...ck.org, Andrew Morton <akpm@...ux-foundation.org>,
	David Rientjes <rientjes@...gle.com>,
	linux-kernel@...r.kernel.org, Minchan Kim <minchan@...nel.org>,
	Joonsoo Kim <iamjoonsoo.kim@....com>,
	Michal Nazarewicz <mina86@...a86.com>,
	Naoya Horiguchi <n-horiguchi@...jp.nec.com>,
	Christoph Lameter <cl@...ux.com>,
	Rik van Riel <riel@...hat.com>,
	Zhang Yanfei <zhangyanfei@...fujitsu.com>
Subject: Re: [PATCH V4 05/15] mm, compaction: move pageblock checks up from
 isolate_migratepages_range()

On Wed, Jul 16, 2014 at 03:48:13PM +0200, Vlastimil Babka wrote:
> isolate_migratepages_range() is the main function of the compaction scanner,
> called either on a single pageblock by isolate_migratepages() during regular
> compaction, or on an arbitrary range by CMA's __alloc_contig_migrate_range().
> It currently perfoms two pageblock-wide compaction suitability checks, and
> because of the CMA callpath, it tracks if it crossed a pageblock boundary in
> order to repeat those checks.
> 
> However, closer inspection shows that those checks are always true for CMA:
> - isolation_suitable() is true because CMA sets cc->ignore_skip_hint to true
> - migrate_async_suitable() check is skipped because CMA uses sync compaction
> 
> We can therefore move the compaction-specific checks to isolate_migratepages()
> and simplify isolate_migratepages_range(). Furthermore, we can mimic the
> freepage scanner family of functions, which has isolate_freepages_block()
> function called both by compaction from isolate_freepages() and by CMA from
> isolate_freepages_range(), where each use-case adds own specific glue code.
> This allows further code simplification.
> 
> Therefore, we rename isolate_migratepages_range() to isolate_freepages_block()
> and limit its functionality to a single pageblock (or its subset). For CMA,
> a new different isolate_migratepages_range() is created as a CMA-specific
> wrapper for the _block() function. The checks specific to compaction are moved
> to isolate_migratepages(). As part of the unification of these two families of
> functions, we remove the redundant zone parameter where applicable, since zone
> pointer is already passed in cc->zone.
> 
> Furthermore, going back to compact_zone() and compact_finished() when pageblock
> is found unsuitable (now by isolate_migratepages()) is wasteful - the checks
> are meant to skip pageblocks quickly. The patch therefore also introduces a
> simple loop into isolate_migratepages() so that it does not return immediately
> on failed pageblock checks, but keeps going until isolate_migratepages_range()
> gets called once. Similarily to isolate_freepages(), the function periodically
> checks if it needs to reschedule or abort async compaction.
> 
> Signed-off-by: Vlastimil Babka <vbabka@...e.cz>
> Cc: Minchan Kim <minchan@...nel.org>
> Cc: Mel Gorman <mgorman@...e.de>
> Cc: Joonsoo Kim <iamjoonsoo.kim@....com>
> Cc: Michal Nazarewicz <mina86@...a86.com>
> Cc: Naoya Horiguchi <n-horiguchi@...jp.nec.com>
> Cc: Christoph Lameter <cl@...ux.com>
> Cc: Rik van Riel <riel@...hat.com>
> Cc: David Rientjes <rientjes@...gle.com>

Acked-by: Mel Gorman <mgorman@...e.de>

-- 
Mel Gorman
SUSE Labs
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