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Date:   Thu, 04 Jul 2019 08:32:06 +0800
From:   "Huang\, Ying" <ying.huang@...el.com>
To:     Mel Gorman <mgorman@...e.de>
Cc:     huang ying <huang.ying.caritas@...il.com>,
        Andrew Morton <akpm@...ux-foundation.org>,
        <linux-mm@...ck.org>, LKML <linux-kernel@...r.kernel.org>,
        Rik van Riel <riel@...hat.com>,
        "Peter Zijlstra" <peterz@...radead.org>, <jhladky@...hat.com>,
        <lvenanci@...hat.com>, Ingo Molnar <mingo@...nel.org>
Subject: Re: [PATCH -mm] autonuma: Fix scan period updating

Mel Gorman <mgorman@...e.de> writes:

> On Tue, Jun 25, 2019 at 09:23:22PM +0800, huang ying wrote:
>> On Mon, Jun 24, 2019 at 10:25 PM Mel Gorman <mgorman@...e.de> wrote:
>> >
>> > On Mon, Jun 24, 2019 at 10:56:04AM +0800, Huang Ying wrote:
>> > > The autonuma scan period should be increased (scanning is slowed down)
>> > > if the majority of the page accesses are shared with other processes.
>> > > But in current code, the scan period will be decreased (scanning is
>> > > speeded up) in that situation.
>> > >
>> > > This patch fixes the code.  And this has been tested via tracing the
>> > > scan period changing and /proc/vmstat numa_pte_updates counter when
>> > > running a multi-threaded memory accessing program (most memory
>> > > areas are accessed by multiple threads).
>> > >
>> >
>> > The patch somewhat flips the logic on whether shared or private is
>> > considered and it's not immediately obvious why that was required. That
>> > aside, other than the impact on numa_pte_updates, what actual
>> > performance difference was measured and on on what workloads?
>> 
>> The original scanning period updating logic doesn't match the original
>> patch description and comments.  I think the original patch
>> description and comments make more sense.  So I fix the code logic to
>> make it match the original patch description and comments.
>> 
>> If my understanding to the original code logic and the original patch
>> description and comments were correct, do you think the original patch
>> description and comments are wrong so we need to fix the comments
>> instead?  Or you think we should prove whether the original patch
>> description and comments are correct?
>> 
>
> I'm about to get knocked offline so cannot answer properly. The code may
> indeed be wrong and I have observed higher than expected NUMA scanning
> behaviour than expected although not enough to cause problems. A comment
> fix is fine but if you're changing the scanning behaviour, it should be
> backed up with data justifying that the change both reduces the observed
> scanning and that it has no adverse performance implications.

Got it!  Thanks for comments!  As for performance testing, do you have
some candidate workloads?

Best Regards,
Huang, Ying

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