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Date:   Mon, 13 Apr 2020 09:24:14 +0800
From:   "Huang\, Ying" <>
To:     Andrea Righi <>
Cc:     Andrew Morton <>,
        Minchan Kim <>,
        Anchal Agarwal <>, <>,
Subject: Re: [PATCH] mm: swap: introduce fixed-size readahead policy

Andrea Righi <> writes:

> Introduce a new fixed-size swap-in readahead policy that can be selected
> at run-time.
> The global swap-in readahead policy takes in account the previous access
> patterns, using a scaling heuristic to determine the optimal readahead
> chunk dynamically.
> This works pretty well in most cases, but like any heuristic there are
> specific cases when this approach is not ideal, for example the swapoff
> scenario.
> During swapoff we just want to load back into memory all the swapped-out
> pages and for this specific use case a fixed-size readahead is more
> efficient.
> This patch introduces a new sysfs interface
> (/sys/kernel/mm/swap/swap_ra_policy) that can be set as following:
>  - 0: current scaling swap-in readahead policy (default)
>  - 1: fixed-size readahead policy (size is determined by
> The specific use case this patch is addressing is to improve swapoff
> performance when a VM has been hibernated, resumed and all memory needs
> to be forced back to RAM by disabling swap (see the test case below).

I don't know whether the use case is important or not.  Usually the
performance of swapoff doesn't matter.  Maybe you can provide some
information on this.

Even if it's important, I don't think we really need to add another ABI.
You can just optimize the swapoff performance inside kernel.  And we may
not even need to add a new policy, just use cluster readahead and
increase swapin_readahead_hits in swapoff if cluster readahead is used.

Best Regards,
Huang, Ying

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