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Date:   Thu, 2 Nov 2017 13:04:33 +0000
From:   Mel Gorman <mgorman@...hsingularity.net>
To:     Vlastimil Babka <vbabka@...e.cz>
Cc:     Andrew Morton <akpm@...ux-foundation.org>, linux-mm@...ck.org,
        linux-kernel@...r.kernel.org, David Rientjes <rientjes@...gle.com>,
        Joonsoo Kim <iamjoonsoo.kim@....com>
Subject: Re: [PATCH 1/3] mm, compaction: extend pageblock_skip_persistent()
 to all compound pages

On Thu, Nov 02, 2017 at 01:17:04PM +0100, Vlastimil Babka wrote:
> The pageblock_skip_persistent() function checks for HugeTLB pages of pageblock
> order. When clearing pageblock skip bits for compaction, the bits are not
> cleared for such pageblocks, because they cannot contain base pages suitable
> for migration, nor free pages to use as migration targets.
> 
> This optimization can be simply extended to all compound pages of order equal
> or larger than pageblock order, because migrating such pages (if they support
> it) cannot help sub-pageblock fragmentation. This includes THP's and also
> gigantic HugeTLB pages, which the current implementation doesn't persistently
> skip due to a strict pageblock_order equality check and not recognizing tail
> pages.
> 
> While THP pages are generally less "persistent" than HugeTLB, we can still
> expect that if a THP exists at the point of __reset_isolation_suitable(), it
> will exist also during the subsequent compaction run. The time difference here
> could be actually smaller than between a compaction run that sets a
> (non-persistent) skip bit on a THP, and the next compaction run that observes
> it.
> 
> Signed-off-by: Vlastimil Babka <vbabka@...e.cz>

Acked-by: Mel Gorman <mgorman@...hsingularity.net>

-- 
Mel Gorman
SUSE Labs

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