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Date:   Sun, 11 Jun 2017 16:28:11 -0700 (PDT)
From:   David Rientjes <>
To:     Michal Hocko <>
cc:     Matthew Wilcox <>,
        Vlastimil Babka <>,
        Larry Finger <>,
        Andrew Morton <>,
        LKML <>,
Subject: Re: Sleeping BUG in khugepaged for i586

On Sat, 10 Jun 2017, Michal Hocko wrote:

> > > I would just pull the cond_resched out of __collapse_huge_page_copy
> > > right after pte_unmap. But I am not really sure why this cond_resched is
> > > really needed because the changelog of the patch which adds is is quite
> > > terse on details.
> > 
> > I'm not sure what could possibly be added to the changelog.  We have 
> > encountered need_resched warnings during the iteration.
> Well, the part the changelog is not really clear about is whether the
> HPAGE_PMD_NR loops itself is the source of the stall. This would be
> quite surprising because doing 512 iterations taking up to 20+s sounds
> way to much.

I have no idea where you come up with 20+ seconds.

These are not soft lockups, these are need_resched warnings.  We monitor 
how long need_resched has been set and when a thread takes an excessive 
amount of time to reschedule after it has been set.  A loop of 512 pages 
with ptl contention and doing {clear,copy}_user_highpage() shows that 
need_resched can sit without scheduling for an excessive amount of time.

> So is it possible that we are missing a cond_resched
> somewhere up the __collapse_huge_page_copy call path?


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