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Date:   Tue, 25 Aug 2020 17:42:57 -0700
From:   Andrew Morton <>
To:     Joonsoo Kim <>
Cc:     Linux Memory Management List <>,
        LKML <>,
        Michal Hocko <>,
        Vlastimil Babka <>,
        "Aneesh Kumar K . V" <>,, Joonsoo Kim <>
Subject: Re: [PATCH for v5.9] mm/page_alloc: handle a missing case for
 memalloc_nocma_{save/restore} APIs

On Tue, 25 Aug 2020 14:34:32 +0900 Joonsoo Kim <> wrote:

> >
> > That's a bunch more code on a very hot path to serve an obscure feature
> > which has a single obscure callsite.
> >
> > Can we instead put the burden on that callsite rather than upon
> > everyone?  For (dumb) example, teach __gup_longterm_locked() to put the
> > page back if it's CMA and go get another one?
> Hmm... Unfortunately, it cannot ensure that we eventually get the non-CMA page.
> I think that the only way to ensure it is to implement the
> functionality here. We can
> use 'unlikely' or 'static branch' to reduce the overhead for a really
> rare case but
> for now I have no idea how to completely remove the overhead.

Gee, there must be something?  Provide the gup code with a special
entry point which takes the page straight from __rmqueue() and bypasses
the pcp lists?

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