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Date:   Thu, 26 Oct 2017 09:23:26 +0530
From:   vinayak menon <vinayakm.list@...il.com>
To:     "Ruslan Ruslichenko -X (rruslich - GLOBALLOGIC INC at Cisco)" 
        <rruslich@...co.com>
Cc:     Johannes Weiner <hannes@...xchg.org>,
        Taras Kondratiuk <takondra@...co.com>,
        Michal Hocko <mhocko@...nel.org>,
        "linux-mm@...ck.org" <linux-mm@...ck.org>,
        xe-linux-external@...co.com, linux-kernel@...r.kernel.org
Subject: Re: Detecting page cache trashing state

On Thu, Sep 28, 2017 at 9:19 PM, Ruslan Ruslichenko -X (rruslich -
GLOBALLOGIC INC at Cisco) <rruslich@...co.com> wrote:
> Hi Johannes,
>
> Hopefully I was able to rebase the patch on top v4.9.26 (latest supported
> version by us right now)
> and test a bit.
> The overall idea definitely looks promising, although I have one question on
> usage.
> Will it be able to account the time which processes spend on handling major
> page faults
> (including fs and iowait time) of refaulting page?
>
> As we have one big application which code space occupies big amount of place
> in page cache,
> when the system under heavy memory usage will reclaim some of it, the
> application will
> start constantly thrashing. Since it code is placed on squashfs it spends
> whole CPU time
> decompressing the pages and seem memdelay counters are not detecting this
> situation.
> Here are some counters to indicate this:
>
> 19:02:44        CPU     %user     %nice   %system   %iowait %steal     %idle
> 19:02:45        all      0.00      0.00    100.00      0.00 0.00      0.00
>
> 19:02:44     pgpgin/s pgpgout/s   fault/s  majflt/s  pgfree/s pgscank/s
> pgscand/s pgsteal/s    %vmeff
> 19:02:45     15284.00      0.00    428.00    352.00  19990.00 0.00      0.00
> 15802.00      0.00
>
> And as nobody actively allocating memory anymore looks like memdelay
> counters are not
> actively incremented:
>
> [:~]$ cat /proc/memdelay
> 268035776
> 6.13 5.43 3.58
> 1.90 1.89 1.26
>
> Just in case, I have attached the v4.9.26 rebased patched.
>
Looks like this 4.9 version does not contain the accounting in lock_page.

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